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Due to the increasing news surrounding the coronavirus
the subject of quarantines has been popping up a lot lately.
And I’m sure you’re wondering:
what exactly happens when you are quarantined?
Generally, quarantines are used as a preventative measure
where otherwise healthy people who may have come into contact with an infectious disease
are kept separate from the rest of the population
until it’s known for sure that they don’t have it.
This is typically for the length of the disease’s incubation period
– from when someone becomes infected to when symptoms would begin to show
– which can take a few days to weeks.
This is in contrast to isolation, where people who have the disease and are contagious
are kept separate from healthy people.
I’m sure you’ve seen imitations of these rooms
on your favorite TV medical drama.
They include their own air circulation
and medical staff may have to wear
respirators, gowns, and goggles.
Quarantine and isolation are both tactics used in an attempt
to stop a disease from spreading and prevent outbreaks
though some researchers have questioned the effectiveness of quarantines
and the ethics of keeping healthy people detained.
They fear that mandatory quarantines may do more harm than good
– doctors may choose not to help infected communities
and people may lie about their contact with those who are sick.
Some people have even fled from their homes to avoid being quarantined.
Around the world, each country may have their own laws regarding the use of quarantines
but those countries who are members of the World Health Organization
must abide by their regulations:
they must notify the World Health Organization when certain infectious diseases are diagnosed,
and stay within the limits of their allowed counter-measures.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
is responsible for the government’s quarantine practices
to prevent infectious diseases from coming into the country.
They have quarantine stations in major cities
along the borders in airports, seaports, and border crossings,
that are staffed with medical and public health officers
who determine if someone needs to be quarantined or isolated.
If they are quarantined, they may either get sent to a government facility,
like a military base, or their own home.
At government facilities, they are given food and accommodations
and are allowed to contact their friends and family
while medical professionals monitor their health a couple of times a day.
At current quarantine sites in the US, they offer exercise classes, activities for kids,
目前 美国的隔离站会给孩子上体育课 组织活动
and mental health services,
though some people say it still feels like being in prison.
In rare cases, an entire geographical area can be quarantined,
where people are not allowed to enter or leave it.
This is called a “cordon sanitaire” and currently,
there is a massive one happening in China
involving over 50 million people across multiple cities.
The streets there are eerily deserted
as people are going to extreme lengths
to avoid contracting the virus.
They are even opting to get medical attention outside
or in their cars to avoid hospitals.
So, what do you think?
Should mandatory quarantines be allowed?
What would you do if you were stuck in your house for weeks?
You have to keep busy somehow!
Let me know in the comment section below!
Curious to know how to stay safe during the plague?
Check out this video!
you need to keep your home free from rodents
who may be carrying or infected by fleas
by clearing away any piles of brush or rocks that they could use as a home
As always, my name is Blocko, this has been life noggin,
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