People with Severe Mental Disorders Under Quarantine and Isolation
Because of inadequate reality testing and cognitive ability, people with severe mental disorders frequently have diminished self-care and problem-solving ability. As a result, they encounter life and physical threats under the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic and great difficulties from related prevention and treatment measures. In addition, during quarantine and isolation, they cannot respond in a timely or appropriate manner and are prone to administrative penalties or deprivation of their freedom.This article discusses the legal status that people with severe mental illnesses may face quarantine and isolation when the epidemic spreads. Mainly, problems come from the inability to comply with the quarantine and isolation measures or the centralized quarantine deprived of personal freedom because of violations of the quarantine measures. We will analyze this plight and possible judicial relief. Under the epidemic, people with severe mental disorders and those with mental disabilities may encounter legal difficulties that deserve immediate and appropriate assistance.