Does Quarantine Limit People's Freedom? An Ethical Reflection on the Quarantine Law of Mainland China
Keywords:傳染病防治法律制度, SARS “隔離”, 自由的限制, 倫理反思
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Investigating an issue from outside will help to analyze and identify it. Nowadays, we can control the spread of SARS and understand it in a more reasonable way through the overview of the prevention and cure of SARS in Mainland China.
In the process of controlling and curing the new infectious disease, SARS, Mainland China’s government made a new law which was very successful, but its enaction and enforcement caused many problems which should be reflected upon, such as the rule of quarantine.
To quarantine means to segregate people with infectious diseases. It is a good way to protect the uninfected people. It helps to control the spread of SARS. However, at the same time it limits people’s freedom. On one side, it is necessary for the government to segregate people with infectious diseases, but on the other side, the government needs to consider the limitations of freedom caused by the new law. This paper will discuss whether the people’s freedom will be limited by the rule of quarantine in Mainland China.
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