As the new coronavirus disease continues to threaten lives and livelihoods around the world, many are seeking to hold government and corporate leaders to account for their blunders during the pandemic.
But in the United States and many other countries, public health malpractice is a relatively underdeveloped area of the law—and it will take legislators some time to remedy that.
Is There Such a Thing as a Public Health Crime?
There is “public health malpractice,” but the term has generally been confined to medical literature and narrowly described as akin to medical malpractice. The time has arrived to broaden its application to account for the administration of public health during pandemics.