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Governmental Public Health Powers During the COVID-19 PandemicStay-at-home Orders, Business Closures, and Travel Restrictions

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To understand the governments powers used during a pandemic
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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (gostin@georgetown.edu).

Published Online: April 2, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5460

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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