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Law in the Time of COVID-19

Topics - Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a flood of blog posts, op eds, news stories, white papers, and reports on a wide variety of issues.

This guide can't be comprehensive for any issue. But it can offer some material to get you started on different topics.

Bar Exam

Claudia Angelos et al., The Bar Exam and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Immediate Action, Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 537 (March 23, 2020)

Claudia Angelos et al., Licensing Lawyers in a Pandemic: Proving Competence, Harv. L. Rev. Blog (April 7, 2020)

Karen Sloan, First-Ever Open Book, Online Bar Exam Set for July, Legal Tech News (reprinted from (May 26, 2020)

Stephanie Francis Ward, California bar exam will be postponed and administered online, ABA Journal online (April 27, 2020)

Civil Liberties

See The Course, Week 3.

The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR (April 16, 2020)

Moderator: Angélique Roché Panelists: Faiza Patel, director of Liberty and National Security at The Brennan Center; Amol Sinha, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, New Jersey; and more to be announced.

Brian J. Buchanan, Covid-19 and the First Amendment: A Running Report, Free Speech Center (May 6, 2020 +)

Climate Change

William Burke-White et al., What coronavirus teaches us about addressing climate change, Brookings Cafeteria Podcast (April 10, 2020). Page gives summary, links to transcript as well as audio recording.

Consumer Law

Courts & Legal System

George Bermann, Dispute Resolution in Pandemic Circumstances, in Law in the Time of COVID-19, at 167 (Katharina Pistor ed., 2020)

Joanna R. Lampe, The Courts and COVID-19, Cong. Research Serv., LSB10437 (March 30, 2020)

James W. Beard & Heather J. Kliebenstein, INSIGHT: How Covid-19 Changed the Future of Litigation, Bloomberg Law (May 7, 2020)
Fatima Hussein & Genevieve Douglas, Meatpackers Test Boundaries of Anonymity in Covid-19 Lawsuits, Bloomberg Law (June 2, 2020)

Alaina Lancaster, Judicial Conference Asks for More Money and Judges Due to Expected COVID-19 Backlog, Nat'l L.J. (May 5, 2020) (UW resource)

Bethany Saunders-Medina, The Justice System and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Policymakers, RAND Blog (April 20, 2020). Includes Insurance and Compensation; the Courts and the Justice System; Police and First Responders; Pharmaceuticals, Public Health, and Liability.

Susan Sturm et al., Linked Fate: Justice and the Criminal Legal System During the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Law in the Time of COVID-19, at 17 (Katharina Pistor ed., 2020)

COVID-19 is pushing notaries into the digital age, Marketplace (May 14, 2020)

COVID-19 Has Not Stemmed Flow of New Federal Civil Litigation, TRAC (June 2, 2020)


See The Course, week 7.


Denise-Marie Ordway, When schools shut down: How education interruptions can hurt student achievement, Journalist's Resource (May 22, 2020)

Richard Rothstein, The coronavirus will explode achievement gaps in education, Economic Policy Institute blog (Feb. 14, 2020)

Adam Harris, What If Colleges Don’t Reopen Until 2021?, Atlantic (April 24, 2020). Link is to The Atlantic's website. Link to Factiva (UW-licensed database).

Mark Kreidler, Some Ivory Towers Are Ideal For A Pandemic. Most Aren’t, Kaiser Health News (May 28, 2020)


See The Course, Week 4.


Titan M. Alon et al., The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality, NBER Working Paper No. 26947 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Olivier Coibion et al., Labor Markets During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Preliminary View, NBER Working Paper No. 27017 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Jonathan I. Dingel & Brett Neiman, How Many Jobs Can Be Done at Home?, NBER Working Paper No. 26948 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Rachel Garfield et al., Issue Brief: Double Jeopardy: Low Wage Workers at Risk for Health and Financial Implications of COVID-19, Kaiser Family Found. (April 29, 2020)

Mila Jasper, EEOC Turns to Predictive Analytics to Understand How Pandemic Affects Employment Discrimination, Nextgov (Oxt. 1, 2020)

Marc R. Larochelle, Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic, New Eng. J. Med. (May 26, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2013413

Clark Merrefield, The inequality of telework: 5 studies you should know about, Journalist's Resource (March 12, 2020)

Mike Mulcahy et al., Wash. Labor Educ. & Research Ctr., Essential, Precarious, and at Risk: Washington Workers in High Hazard, Low Reward Jobs (Aug. 31, 2020)

OSHA, U.S. Dep't of Labor, OSHA Fact Sheet: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic (Aug. 2014)

Heidi Shierholz, In the last five weeks, more than 24 million workers applied for unemployment insurance benefits, Econ. Pol'y Inst. (April 23, 2020)

Jeffrey B. Wenger and Kathryn A. Edwards, Is the Unemployment Rate Now Higher Than It Was in the Great Depression?, RAND Blog (May 7, 2020)


Angela King & Kim Shepard, How do you approach the moral dilemmas of the coronavirus pandemic?, KUOW (May 14, 2020)


Kyle Connors, Federalism and Contagion: Reevaluating the Role of the CDC (March 18, 2020)

Kamran Rahman & Alice Miranda Ollstein, How states are responding to coronavirus, in 7 maps, Politico (March 24, 2020)

Daniel B. Rodriguez, Professional Regulation and Federalism in the Coronavirus Crisis: Let’s Remove Access Barriers, Harv. L. Rev. Blog (April 15, 2020) (regulation of doctors and lawyers)

Michael R. Ulrich et al., Quarantine and the Federal Role in Epidemics, 71 SMU L. Rev. 391 (2018)

Who Calls the Shots During a Pandemic, the U.S. Government or States? Q&A with RAND Experts, RAND Blog (April 16, 2020)

Global South

Richard Cash & Vikram Patel, Has COVID-19 Subverted Global Health?, Lancet (May 5, 2020)

Joost Hopman et al., Managing COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, JAMA (March 16, 2020)

Sanam Roder-DeWan, Health system quality in the time of COVID-19, Lancet Global Health (May 6, 2020)

Diplawmatic Dialogues series on Latin America and the Caribbean (from FCIL Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries)

Government Powers in Public Health Emergency

See The Course, Week 2.


ABA Fact Check, Pandemic Authority, ABA (March 23, 2020; updated March 30, 2020)

Scott Bomboy, Constitutional powers and issues during a quarantine situation, Constitution Daily (March 13, 2020)

Jason Breslow, Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Governor's Order Limiting the Size of Easter Services, NPR (April 12, 2020)

Ryan Calo, Law in a Time of Cholera, Medium (Center for an Informed Public at UW) (March 14, 2020)

Jonathan Chernoguz, Protecting rights in a global crisis, Harvard Law Today (March 25, 2020) (interview with four scholars)

Adam Chilton et al., Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution, Atlantic (March 25, 2020)

Elizabeth Goitein, Trump’s Reasonable—And Yet Still Worrisome—Emergency Declaration, Atlantic (March 16, 2020)

Elizabeth Goitein & Andrew Boyle, Trump Has Emergency Powers We Aren’t Allowed to Know About, N.Y. Times (April 10, 2020)

Lawrence O. Gostin et al., Presidential Powers and Response to COVID-19, JAMA (March 18, 2020)

Lawrence Gostin & Sarah Wetter, Why There's No National Lockdown, Atlantic (March 31, 2020)

Anthony Michael Kreis, Contagion and the Right to Travel, Harv. L. Rev. Blog (March 27, 2020)

Wendy E. Parmet & Michael S. Sinha, Covid-19 — The Law and Limits of Quarantine, New England J. Med. (March 18, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2004211

Polly J. Price, A Coronavirus Quarantine in America Could Be a Giant Legal Mess, Atlantic (Feb. 16, 2020)

Adriano A. Rampini, Sequential Lifting of COVID-19 Interventions with Population Heterogeneity, NBER Working Paper No. 27063 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Michael R. Ulrich et al., Quarantine and the Federal Role in Epidemics, 71 SMU L. Rev. 391 (2018)

John Witt, The Law of Salus Populi: The Law of Epidemics, Yale Review


The Attorney General's Role in Responding to a Statewide Emergency

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks on the Attorney General's Role in Responding to a Statewide Emergency, April 22, 2020.

Health Care Workers

Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia et al., Amidst a Pandemic, a Mental Health Crisis May Be Looming, RAND Blog (April 1, 2020).

"Frontline health care workers in emergency rooms and intensive care units around the country face multiple unprecedented challenges, including difficult decisions about the allocation of limited resources, long and physically demanding working hours, staff shortages due to fear and illness, and lack of adequate protection from the virus. The consequences of this on health care workers' short- and long-term mental health could be significant and could weaken the U.S. health care system's ability to resolve the current pandemic and survive over the long term."

I. Glenn Cohen et al., Potential Legal Liability for Withdrawing or Withholding Ventilators During COVID-19: Assessing the Risks and Identifying Needed Reforms, JAMA (April 1, 2020), doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5442

I. Glenn Cohen et al., Protect the Doctors and Nurses Who Are Protecting Us, N.Y. Times (April 1, 2020)

Victor J. Dzau et al., Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being, New England J. Med. (May 13, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2011027

Kaiser Health News & The Guardian Staffs, Lost on the Frontline, KHN (May 29, 2020)

Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D., Harnessing Our Humanity — How Washington’s Health Care Workers Have Risen to the Pandemic Challenge, New Eng. J. Med. (April 1, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2007466

Health Insurance

See The Course, Week 2.


Housing and Eviction

Surveys of State Statutes and Policies

Other Resources


See The Course week 5.


The Human Rights of Migrants in Detention, April 29, 2020, part of the series Rule of Law During a Pandemic presented by UW Law's Sustainable International Development program.

'Don’t Let Us Die in Here': Coronavirus in Detention, The Atlantic (April 17, 2020)

Daniel Costa, Trump executive order to suspend immigration would reduce green cards by nearly one-third if extended for a full year, Econ. Pol'y Inst. (April 23, 2020)

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Immigration in the Time of COVID-19, in Law in the Time of COVID-19 (Katharina Pistor ed., 2020)

Information, Misinformation, Media

COVID-19 and the Truth, part of the UW Graduate School series Coexisting with COVID-19. Features UW professors Kate Starbird & Jevin West. May 7, 2020.

Mohamed Abdelfattah, Medill students launch ‘COVID-19 Analyzer’ to fight misinformation, Northwestern Now (May 28, 2020)

Hunt Allcott et al., Polarization and Public Health: Partisan Differences in Social Distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic, NBER Working Paper No. 26946 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Matthew D. Baird at al., Don't Make the Pandemic Worse with Poor Data Analysis, RAND Blog (May 6, 2020)

Luke Darby, How Trump Became Obsessed with Hydroxychloroquine, GQ (April 7, 2020)

Mark Jurkowitz & Amy Mitchell, Cable TV and COVID-19: How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source, Pew Research Center (April 1, 2020)

Gina M. Masullo et al., Ctr. for Media Engagement, Univ. of Texas, Covering Coronavirus: A Snapshot of the Information People Want and What Local Newsrooms are Reporting (2020). Snapshot of stories local newspaper and broadcast news outlets posted to Facebook on March 23, 2020, plus survey asking people what information about the pandemic they wanted from local news outlets.

Meghan McGinty & Nat Gyenes, A dangerous misinfodemic spreads alongside the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, Harv. Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Rev. (May 12, 2020). Editors' note introducing special issue; for more see pieces tagged COVID-19.

Clark Merrefield, Crowdsourcing truth and how journalists can avoid spreading coronavirus misinformation: Q and A with MIT professor David Rand, Journalist's Resource (March 20, 2020)

Lawrence R. Poos, Lessons from past pandemics: Disinformation, scapegoating, and social distancing, Brookings (March 16, 2020)

Linda Qiu, Analyzing the Patterns in Trump’s Falsehoods About Coronavirus, N.Y. Times (March 27, 2020)

Kate Starbird, How to Cope with an Infodemic, Brookings (April 27, 2020)

Intellectual Property

Ana Santos Rutschman, The Mosaic of Coronavirus Vaccine Development: Systemic Failures in Vaccine Innovation, J. Int'l Affairs Online (March 21, 2020)

Ana Santos Rutschman, The Intellectual Property of Vaccines: Takeaways from Recent Infectious Disease Outbreaks (January 30, 2020), Michigan Law Review Online (forthcoming 2020)

International Law & Human Rights

See The Course, Week 2.


Dunstan Allison-Hope & Jenny Vaughan, COVID-19: A Rapid Human Rights Due Diligence Tool for Companies, BSR (March 30, 2020)

Roojin Habibi et al., Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak, 395 Lancet 664 (Feb. 13, 2020)

Pien Huang, What Is WHO And What Does It Do?, NPR (April 28, 2020, 6:15 PM ET)

Matthew M. Kavanagh et al., Ending Pandemics: US Foreign Policy to Mitigate Today’s Major Killers, Tomorrow’s Outbreaks, and the Health Impacts of Climate Change, J. Int'l Affairs Online (Oct. 10, 2019)

Daniel N. Poole et al., Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in complex humanitarian crises, 19 Int'l J. for Equity in Health article 41 (March 21, 2020)

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner logoSpecial Procedures of the Human Rights Council, United Nations, COVID-19 and Special Procedures. Page links to news, open letters and statements of principles, etc.  See Human Rights Council discusses human rights implications of the COVID-19 crisis with its special procedures mandate holders (April 30, 2020).

Allyn Taylor, Health, in The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Treaties (Simon Chesterman et al. eds., 2019). (Link is to UW-licensed online version. Print book is also held by University Libraries but it is inaccessible during COVID shut-down.)

Allyn L. Taylor & Roojin Habibi,  The Collapse of Global Cooperation under the WHO International Health Regulations at the Outset of COVID-19: Sculpting the Future of Global Health Governance, ASIL Insights (June 5, 2020)

Allyn L. Taylor et al., Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19: Reimagining the International Health Regulations, Lancet (June 19, 2020)

International Law and the Globalization of Infectious Diseases: The International Health Regulations and the Global Battle Against COVID-19. Presentation by Allyn Taylor to Law A 508, Transnational Law, University of Washington School of Law, May 7, 2020.

Law Enforcement

See The Course, Week 6.


Lessons from History (in Additon to 1918)

Dustin Barr & Scott Podolsky, A National Medical Response to Crisis — The Legacy of World War II, New Eng. J. Med. (April 29, 2020),

David S. Jones, History in a Crisis—Lessons for Covid-19, New Eng. J. Med. (April 30, 2020) (sidebar has 12 images from past disease outbreaks)

Macroeconomic Effects

Martin S. Eichenbaum eet al., The Macroeconomics of Epidemics, NBER Working Paper No. 26882 (Issued in March 2020, Revised in April 2020) (UW resource)

Andrew Glover et al., Health versus Wealth: On the Distributional Effects of Controlling a Pandemic, NBER Working Paper No. 27046 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Sydney C. Ludvigson et al., Covid19 and the Macroeconomic Effects of Costly Disasters, NBER Working Paper No. 26987 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Casey B. Mulligan, Economic Activity and the Value of Medical Innovation during a Pandemic, NBER Working Paper No. 27060 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Medical Standards of Care

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, Crisis Standards of Care: Ten Years of Successes and Challenges: Proceedings of a Workshop (2020).

In 2009 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) began to assess the need for better-defined medical and public health crisis standards of care (CSC) for catastrophic disasters and public health emergencies. Over the next 10 years, the IOM defined templates for those stakeholders responsible for integrated CSC planning and implementation; created a tool kit with guidance on indicators and triggers; provided a discussion kit for stakeholders to use with their own communities to establish appropriate indicators and triggers to guide their planning; disseminated the messages and key concepts of CSC; and built on the initial efforts to refine certain elements and address remaining gaps. This current Proceedings of a Workshop captures the discussions from a 2019 workshop reviewing the successes and gaps over the last 10 years of CSC work, in order to inform the next phases of planning and implementation.

Medical Supplies

Elizabeth Hastings Roer & Isla Globus-Harris, A Mechanism to Reduce Medical Supply Shortfalls During Pandemics, Rand Publication No. PE-A187-1 (2020)

Pregnancy, Abortion

Zara Ahmed & Adam Sonfield, The COVID-19 Outbreak: Potential Fallout for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Guttmacher Inst. (March 11, 2020)

Michelle J. Bayefsky et al., Abortion during the Covid-19 Pandemic — Ensuring Access to an Essential Health Service, N. Engl. J. Med. (May 7, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2008006

Arelis R. Hernández & Robert Barnes, As more states look to ban abortion during pandemic, legal battles erupt nationwide, Wash. Post (Apr. 1, 2020)

Gov. Jay Inslee, Proclamation 20-24 (March 19, 2020) (exempting family planning services and procedures from ban on elective medical procedures).

Adam Liptak, Fight Over Texas Abortion Ban Reaches Supreme Court, N.Y. Times (April 11, 2020)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women, What We Can Learn From Hospital Restrictions on Birth Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic (March 2020)

Sacha Pfeiffer, Women Say They Are 'Falling Off The Cliff Of Fertility' As Pandemic Puts Treatments On Hold, NPR (April 12, 2020)


Prisons & Jails

See The Course week 5.


Christopher Blackwell & Arthur Longworth, What Coronavirus Quarantine Looks Like in Prison, Marshall Project (March 18, 2020). Two first-hand accounts from Washington State Reformatory in Monroe.

Gregory Bernstein et al., COVID and Prisoners' Rights, in Law in the Time of COVID-19 (Katharina Pistor ed., 2020)

COVID, Corrections & Oversight Project, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Univ. Texas at Auston, COVID and Corrections: A Profiel of COVID Deaths in Custody in Texas (Nov. 2020). News story: Jerusalem Demsas, 80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime, Vox (Nov. 12, 2020)

Terry Gross, How San Francisco's D.A. Is Decreasing the Jail Population Amid COVID-19, Fresh Air (April 9, 2020). Interview with Chesa Boudin.

Sheri-Lynn S. Kurisu & Brittney Anda, Incarceration and COVID-19. Google Doc with annotated bibliography and list of resources.

Justin Milner, How Can We Minimize Coronavirus Risks in Prisons and in Jails?, Critical Value (Urban Institute podcast) (April 14, 2020)

National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, Decarcerating Correctional Facilities during COVID-19: Advancing Health, Equity, and Safety (2020) (consensus study report)

Brie Williams et al., Correctional Facilities in the Shadow of COVID-19: Unique Challenges And Proposed Solutions, Health Affairs Blog (March 26, 2020)

Bethany Young & Katie Robinson, How Should Prisons and Jails Prepare for COVID-19?, Urban Wire (Urban Institute blog) (March 20, 2020)

Influencing the Congressional Response to COVID 19 in Prisons, Sentencing Project (April 16, 2020)


Privacy and Pandemics graphic from Future of Privacy ForumPrivacy & Pandemics page from the Future of Privacy Forum. Includes collection of privacy and data protection resources from around the world; video of workshops; reports; blog posts.

Public Health Preparedness & Response

See The Course, Week 2.


John D. Blum & Jordan Paradise, Public Health Preparedness & Response: An Exercise in Administrative Law, 20 DePaul J. Health Care L. Issue 2, Article 1 (2019)

Milad Emamian et al., Can the U.S. Outpace Disease Outbreaks?, Regulatory Review (March 7, 2020)

Bill Gates, Here’s how to make up for lost time on covid-19, Wash. Post (March 31, 2020)

Bill Gates, The First Modern Pandemic, Gates Notes (April 23, 2020) ("The scientific advances we need to stop COVID-19")

More Bills Gates (on video):

Kristen Underhill, Public Health Law Tools: A Brief Guide, in Law in the Time of COVID-19 (Katharina Pistor ed., 2020)

Rationing of Health Services & Equipment

Samuel R. Bagenstos, May Hospitals Withhold Ventilators from COVID-19 Patients with Pre-Existing Disabilities? Notes on the Law and Ethics of Disability-Based Medical Rationing (March 24, 2020)

Samuel R. Bagenstos, Who Gets the Ventilator? Disability Discrimination in COVID-19 Medical-Rationing Protocols, 130 Yale L.J.F. 1 (2020), [journal], [HeinOnline]

Beatrice Brown, The Ethical Allocation of Scarce Resources in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Bioethics, Bill of Health (March 25, 2020)

I. Glenn Cohen et al., Potential Legal Liability for Withdrawing or Withholding Ventilators During COVID-19: Assessing the Risks and Identifying Needed Reforms, JAMA (April 1, 2020), doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5442

I. Glenn Cohen et al., Protect the Doctors and Nurses Who Are Protecting Us, N.Y. Times (April 1, 2020)

Ezekiel J. Emanuel et al., Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19, New Eng. J. Med. (March 23, 2020), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsb2005114

Govind Persad, Disability Law and the Case for Evidence-Based Triage in a Pandemic, 130 Yale L.J.F. 26 (2020), [journal], [HeinOnline]

Robert L. Tsai, Inequality During a Pandemic, Part II: Rationing Life-Saving Gear and Care, Harv. L. Rev. Blog (April 13, 2020)

Petrie-Flom logoPetrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, Disability, COVID-19, and Triage: Exploring Resource Allocation and the Framing of Disability Webinar (April 14, 2020). Page includes links to videos of the webinar as well as to relevant papers.

Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, Ethical Dilemmas in Mask and Equipment Shortages: Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar (April 22, 2020). Includes links to video.



Brookings ebook series: Reopening America and the World

Frances Nguyen, This state says it has a ‘feminist economic recovery plan.’ Here’s what that looks like., The Lily (April 22, 2020). Discussing Hawai'i State Comm'n on the Status of Women, Building Bridges, Not Walking on Backs: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19 (April 14, 2020).

COVID-19 and Economic Recovery, University Life Forum at Columbia Unversity, April 30, 2020


Larissa Morgan, The Regulatory Race Against a Public Health Crisis, Regulatory Review (March 17, 2020)

Adam Runkle, Will FDA Guidance Hasten Testing for COVID-19?, Regulatory Review (March 19, 2020)


Small Businesses

See The Course, Week 4.


Alexander W. Bartik et al., How Are Small Businesses Adjusting to COVID-19? Early Evidence from a Survey, NBER Working Paper No. 26989 (April 2020)

Nellie Liang, The Federal Reserve, which already has moved aggressively, can do more for small businesses, Brookings (March 30, 2020)

What the Great Recession can tell us about the COVID-19 small business crisis, Brookings (March 25, 2020)

Sifan Liu & Joseph Parilla, Businesses owned by women and minorities have grown. Will COVID-19 undo that?, Brookings (April 14, 2020)

Steve Miletich, Small businesses band together to sue insurers over coronavirus damage, Seattle Times (May 9, 2020)

Lydia O’Neal, Cash-Strapped Small Businesses Hindered by Complex Tax Code, Bloomberg Law (May 7, 2020)

Joseph Parilla, How cities are helping workers and small businesses during the coronavirus crisis, Brookings (March 16, 2020)

Joseph Parilla et al., How local leaders can stave off a small business collapse from COVID-19, Brookings (April 3, 2020)


See The Course, week 7.


Lesley Chiou & Catherine Tucker, Social Distancing, Internet Access and Inequality, NBER Working Paper No. 26982 (April 2020) (UW resource)

Drew Harwell, Managers turn to surveillance software, always-on webcams to ensure employees are (really) working from home, Wash. Post (April 30, 2020)

Tim O'Brien, Contact Tracing, Technology, and the Law, LinkedIn (May 16, 2020)

Betsy Popken, ‘Human Rights by Design’ Should Guide Companies Developing Digital Contact Tracing Tools, Corp. Counsel (May 14, 2020)


Adam Runkle, Will FDA Guidance Hasten Testing for COVID-19?, Regulatory Review (March 19, 2020)

Stephanie Schmitt-Grohé et al., Covid-19: Testing Inequality in New York City, NBER Working Paper No. 27019 (April 2020) (UW resource)


Bill Gates, What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine, Gates Notes (April 30, 2020). Includes 2.5-minute video explaining vaccine basics.

Krishna B. Kumar et al., Needed: A Blueprint for a Post-Vaccine World, RAND blog (May 11, 2020) (reprinted from The Hill)

National Governors Association Submits List of Questions to Trump Administration on Effective Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine, N.Y. Gov. (Oct. 18, 2020)

Vulnerable Communiities

See The Course week 5.


Emily A. Benfer & Lindsay F. Wiley, Health Justice Strategies to Combat COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Communities During a Pandemic, Health Affairs (March 19, 2020)

Michael Christopher Brown, Residents of L.A.’s ‘Skid Row’ seek hope as coronavirus worsens, National Geographic (April 7, 2020)

Brandon George & Nicolas P. Terry, Protecting the Vulnerable Substance Use Disorder Population During COVID-19, Bill of Health (March 26, 2020)

Naomi Gingold, Coronavirus Pandemic Complicates Getting Groceries With SNAP, NPR (April 30, 2020)

Dae Shik Kim Jr. & Guy Oron, Seattle Destroyed Homeless Encampments as the Pandemic Raged, Nation (April 2, 2020)

Heather Kovich, Rural Matters—Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation, New Eng. J. Med. (April 24, 2020)

Might the pandemic be a lifeline for the rich world’s homeless?, Economist (April 12, 2020)

National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine (2020) (consensus study report)

Eduardo Porter, Race/Related: Covid-19 and the Collapse of America’s Welfare State, N.Y. Times (March 28, 2020)