Federalism and the challenge of a swift public response to COVID-19

Like many residents in California, I am living through the COVID-19 epidemic, learning as we go along on how to best protect ourselves and our communities. We are also concerned about how to protect strangers, outside our friends and neighbors, whom we may be putting at risk by spreading the disease. My University took swift action, moving to an online learning model, avoiding travel, promoting simple guidelines of personal hygiene, and practicing social distancing. Our School District, instead, followed CDC and County protocols, keeping our…