April 28, 2020, Vol 323, No. 16, Pages 1529-1626
Presidential Powers and Response to COVID-19
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD; James G. Hodge Jr, JD, LLM; Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH
JAMA. 2020;323(16):1547-1548. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4335
This Viewpoint reviews legal powers the US president and state governors have to implement travel and other restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus, and discusses the need to balance rights to privacy and liberty with public health in ways that do not disadvantage already vulnerable populations.