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Dylan Grace

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Restricted CORE Hall of Fame Paper

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[Abstract] The effects of the Coronavirus have been dominating the discussions and lifestyles of almost every American citizen, as well as most people around the world. This is historically a very lightly precedented event, of which the effects have been completely unique. While it seems that the social distancing policies are in decline around the country now, it is likely that things will never be the same as they have been in the past. The pandemic has also given the world a test case for what could potentially be many more solutions to arising pandemics in the future. Tens of thousands of people have died just in America from COVID19, and this turnout will undoubtedly create greater stresses on viral defense in the future. Our handling of COVID-19 and any future pandemics must consider the justice related consequences of legislation put into effect and must also consider how it impacts the US economy both locally and globally. The primary concern with any threat to human lives is to protect as many people as possible; however, while human life is more significant than economic prowess, the longlasting effects on the economy may be too substantial to ignore. The discussion of justice in the legislation construction process must consider how any plan may affect the safety of citizens, both physically and financially, and how the plan would affect businesses both big and small. There are many different ideologies involved in the discussion of justice as most people have varying beliefs on what is to be considered just. As explored in this paper, it seems as though the best solution is not limited to one single ideal but is an amalgamation of many.