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Public Health Decision-making in the COVID-19 Era: Act, but be Cautious

Thursday, August 27, 2020  
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Public health officials are granted considerable discretion and broad authority to protect the public against communicable disease and environmental health threats. In the current COVID-19 environment however, public health officials have been attacked and threatened for issuing or enforcing protections. While health officers cannot ignore the potential threats to their personal safety, some caution in enforcement may be called for—caution, but not acquiescence.

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