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Isolation and Quarantine
Before discussing the role of quarantine as a component of community response and containment for SARS, it is necessary to distinguish, from a public health perspective, between the related practices of isolation and quarantine. Both are usually imposed by health officials on a voluntary basis; however, federal, state, and local officials have the authority to impose mandatory quarantine and isolation when necessary to protect the public’s health.
Isolation refers to the separation and restricted movement of ill persons who have a contagious disease in order to prevent its transmission to others. It typically occurs in a hospital setting, but can be done at home or in a special facility. Usually individuals are isolated, but the practice may be applied in larger groups.
Quarantine refers to the restriction of movement or separation of well persons who have been exposed to a contagious disease, before it is known whether they will become ill. Quarantine usually takes place in the home and may be applied at the individual level or to a group or community of exposed persons.
Isolation is defined as the separation of persons with communicable diseases from those who are healthy. This public health practice, along with quarantine, is used to limit the transmission of infectious diseases and provides the foundation of current-day cohorting.
Quarantine, or cohorting when patients are infected with the same pathogen, interrupts the spread of infections, just as the contagious disease hospitals did during the epidemics of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Because the new virus (New a.k.a. novel) retained the neuraminidase (N) antigen N2, persons who had been exposed to the 1957 virus apparently retained immune protection against the 1968 virus. This would explain the mildness of the 1968 outbreak relative to the pandemic of 1918–19.
originally posted by: bender151
a reply to: Fallingdown
You can be an asymptomatic carrier for up to two weeks. How on earth do you suggest they tell the difference. I swear, it's like a potato learned to type and post here. We're pushing 3 months in and we don't even have readily available testing. You say isolating healthy people like you can tell the difference. How do your parents know you don't have it? Would you rather we lock them up since they're more susceptible, even though they've done nothing to deserve it... so a few jackholes can have a beer?
Instead, the President said, repeatedly, that it wasn't happening or would simply go away.
The message about what to do (which hasn't changed and has been part of top-level epidemic procedure plans since at least 2009) was changed to one where there was 'no problem'.
originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: EternalShadow
And Trump's in on it?
originally posted by: Fallingdown
a reply to: RAY1990
Herd immunity or community immunity is the way to go .
With the lock down like I alluded to it’s almost as if they’re setting us up for a second wave .