Quarantine is an often disquieting term. From the mid 1300s to today, the word has evoked images of the sick and defenseless being dragged from their homes and locked away with dozens if not hundreds of potentially infectious strangers. The reality 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.
The interview provides insight into what quarantine in today’s world looks like in practice and 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.