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Drexel: COVID-19 and Detention: Respecting Human Rights

Dr. Joe Amon, director of the Office of Global Health and clinical professor in the department of community health and prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, authored a piece titled “COVID-19 and Detention: Respecting Human Rights” in the Health and Human Rights Journal on March 23, 2020. In the piece, Dr. Amon discusses the risk of COVID-19 in jails, prisons and detention centers across the United States.

As of March 23, 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 332,935 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in 190 countries and territories around the world and 14,510 had died. In the United States, 35,530 people have been diagnosed with the disease and 473 people have died. These numbers are likely an underestimate, due to the lack of availability of testing, and will, without a doubt, rise shares Dr. Amon.

Throughout the U.S., unprecedented measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 have been implemented but the same cannot be said for jails, prisons and detention centers. “One area where there has been too limited of a response to date is action to prevent transmission in detention centers, including jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities,” says Dr. Amon.

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