10 May 2020 – Policy Brief
Financial and legal protections for affected individuals are necessary for a successful Test-Isolate-Trace-Quarantine (TITQ) strategy.
Testing and quarantining both have private as well as social costs and benefits. This note explains these trade-offs and derives implications for (a) the mechanism to allocate the costs of testing, and (b) the provision of income for those confined to quarantine. As a unified TITQ strategy is in the public interest also for economic reasons, the federal government could act as a single payer. Moreoever, individuals confined to quarantine need to be financially and legally protected to strengthen compliance with the measures.