Ross Silverman

About Ross Silverman

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

Review: Contagion and the right to travel

In this analysis at the Harvard Law Review blog, Constitutional scholar Anthony Michael Kreis says state policies implementing de facto travel restrictions on people from other states may raise Constitutional concerns but are likely to be upheld. Last week, PresidentRead More
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Review: Why there is no national lockdown

This article discusses how, unlike China and Italy, United States law requires that states be responsible for most actions taken to address outbreaks. Social distancing measures, such as so-called “safer-at-home” or “stay-at-home” orders, represent one of the most important andRead More
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Review: City of Laredo, Texas will fine up to $1000 those who enter buildings without mouth and nose covering

This story describes the city’s new mandate through April 30 that people entering buildings other than their own home take steps to cover their mouth and nose. The city of Laredo, Texas has passed an order requiring that anyone overRead More
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Review: Coronavirus may kill 100,000 to 240,000 in U.S. despite social distancing and personal hygiene actions, officials say

This article discusses the President’s Coronavirus Task Force estimate that by strictly following extended social distancing and hygiene-related recommendations nationwide, the number of U.S. Coronavirus outbreak deaths can be held to 100,000, but that number could go much higher withRead More
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Review: Judge upholds New Hampshire governor’s emergency power to ban large gatherings

This article discusses a New Hampshire court decision that found the governor’s emergency powers permit banning gatherings of more than 50 people, even if such actions infringe on people’s speech, assembly, and religious rights. The New Hampshire governor’s Emergency OrderRead More
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Review: Houston area stay-at-home order challenged by church, gun rights advocates

This article discusses a legal challenge filed against the Houston area stay-at-home order barring large, in-person gatherings for church services. Public health emergency response powers historically have permitted such restrictions. While to date Texas has not implemented a statewide stay-at-homeRead More
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Review: Are gun shops or their employees “essential”? Department of Homeland Security says yes; Pennsylvania Supreme Court says no

The DHS designated firearm shop employees essential, while Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts have challenged. The Department of Homeland Security issued guidance recently designated firearm shop employees essential workers. Last week, a split Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a petition byRead More
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Review: Arrests made for COVID-19 violations in Florida, Illinois

Local law enforcement in Florida and Illinois have arrested individuals for endangering others during the outbreak. A pastor of a Tampa Bay-area megachurch was arrested and jailed by the local sheriff for holding two large live Sunday services at hisRead More
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Review: Emerging fortresses: Three states try to restrict travelers from hot spots

Multiple states (including TX, RI, MA, FL) have adopted policies restricting travel into their states from outbreak hot spots. While Texas has not yet adopted a state-wide shelter-in-place policy, they have established a policy ordering a 14-day self-quarantine for anyRead More
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Review: National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening

This expert-authored report lays out multi-tiered path out from sheltering-in-place through recovery to reinforcing our response infrastructure. When will it be ok to begin loosening the stay-at-home restrictions currently in place, and when will things get back to normal? ARead More
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