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Interview with an American Quarantined in China for Covid-19

Quarantine is a powerful approach to curbing the spread of infectious disease. But the term can often be disquieting, evoking images of the sick and defenseless being dragged from homes and locked away with hundreds of potentially infectious strangers.

The reality of quarantine in the age of coronavirus though is far different. A friend of ACCESS Health Chair and President William A. Haseltine was forced to quarantine in China after exposure to the highly transmissible virus, SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Haseltine’s interview with his friend provides insight into what quarantine in today’s world looks like in practice. It also highlights the steps that must be taken in the event of an infectious disease outbreak to test those who are suspected of being infected, trace all those the suspect person came in contact with, and move them to safe zones of isolation and quarantine.

Read the full interview HERE.