Associated Press  |  October 31, 2014

The courts have said that imposing a quarantine is a massive deprivation of liberty that can only be done if there’s an individual assessment that a person poses a significant risk to the public based on scientific evidence, according to Georgetown Law School Professor Lawrence Gostin, who wrote a textbook on public health law. “You can’t simply deprive an American of their freedom for three weeks based upon an abundance of caution, or a political imperative or public reassurance,” he says. “Liberty matters much more than that in the United States.”

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