Two years after its onset, the world’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic will be generational event studied for years. It is a reminder that tail risk events happen more frequently than we think. Pandemics have been a feature (not a bug?) throughout the American experience. POLLY PRICE’s new book sheds light on the US government’s response to epidemics throughout history- with larger conclusions about COVID-19 and reforms needed for the next plague.
Polly J. Price is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and is also Professor of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. A public health law scholar as well as a legal historian and citizenship and immigration law expert, she has published, lectured, and taught widely about immigration and citizenship, public health law and regulatory policy, federalism, property rights, and the judiciary. (She also had the “joy” of having me in her Legal Methods class when I was at Emory Law!)
Her new book: PLAGUES IN THE NATION
A) Tell us about your background
B) What prompted you to write the book?
C) A quick rundown of America’s Pandemic History
1 America’s First Plagues
2 Yellow Fever and the Shotgun Quarantine
3 Black Death on the West Coast
4 The 1918 Great Influenza
5 Confronting Tuberculosis
6 The Fight Against Polio
7 The AIDS Epidemic
8 Ebola in Dallas
9 A Coronavirus Pandemic
D) How do you evaluate America’s efforts with COVID?
E) How did the speed of information affect efforts? The Global nature of the spread?
What did we learn about the interaction between the Federal Government and State Government Responses?