Here’s a question – if Person A could prove that they caught COVID from Person B who refused to wear a mask, could Person A press charges of criminal negligence against Person B?
The burden of proof would rightly be quite high, but I wonder if the looming threat of actual jail time might get some people who refuse to wear masks, host college keg parties for hundreds of students, or send their sick kids to school to alter their behavior.
Here’s how Colorado defines “criminal negligence” in its criminal code (Title 18, section 18-1-501)
A person acts with criminal negligence when, through a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise, he fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur or that a circumstance exists.
It sure seems like failing to wear a mask, hosting keg parties, and even sending a student to school who has COVID symptoms could qualify as criminal negligence during a pandemic.
Just a thought.