Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Resources: Coronavirus and the Law

Terms and Definitions


Quarantine means the compulsory separation (including restriction of movement) of people who potentially have been exposed to an infectious disease, until it can be determined whether they have become sick or no longer pose a risk to others. (National Conference of State Legislatures)

Isolation means the separation of people known or suspected to be infected with a contagious desease from those who are not sick to prevent them from transmitting the disease to others.(National Conference of State Legislatures)

COVID-19 refers to an infectious respiratory disease discovered in Wuhan, China, in  2019 and which has spread worldwide as of the beginning of 2020, causing global public health concerns.


"CDC" refers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"WHO" refers to the World Health Organization

Legal Information Resources about COVID-19- United States

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent responses the government and private business implicate numerous areas of law including constitutional, human rights, health, and labor law. The below sources provide information and additional resources about some of these legal considerations.

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