This Deliberation looks at the surging coronavirus cases in the United States and what governmental actions should be taken to limit the spread. Students will examine the role of local, state and national governments in public health and explore the debate between individual liberties and the common good. Using video clips of elected officials, legal scholars and public health experts, students will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of specific efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 including increased testing, stay-at-home orders and mask mandates. From these video clips, students will develop a plan to address the deliberation question:
What actions should be taken to limit the spread of coronavirus cases in the United States?
Background Readings and Data
Background Video Clips
Public Health Measures to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic– Dr. Ashish Jha, Brown University School of Public Health (3:09)
Federalism and Public Health (4:21)