Saturday, March 28, 2020

President wants to implement unprecedented tri-state cordon sanitaire

President Trump is not seeking to quarantine New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He is seeking  authority to order a “cordon sanitaire” which is not just a quarantine it is the forceful dentition of people who are ill and not ill.  A cordon sanitaire is right out of a sci-fi movie--a state or states where no one can go in or out.
 Normally this authority rests with state governors.Such authority has far-reaching implications for those not yet infected. They are being forcefully detained in an area where infected persons remain.
The last known time that a cordon sanitaire was used was with towns in Zaire during the Ebola outbreak.
The government attempts to balance the good of the community with individual liberty. In times of international crisis, there is a heightened need to zealously protect those individual rights.

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