Why Quarantine Works
In the age of COVID-19, there’s a word that seems to be on the lips and minds of everyone--quarantine.
And, with humans being such a social group on the whole, it’s ironic that a practice meant to keep everyone “clean,” has become such a “dirty” word.
But what exactly are the benefits of a time of quarantine or “shelter in place?”
First, it’s important to distinguish the difference between isolation and quarantine. Isolation refers to the process of separating the sick from the healthy in the population.
This is often confused with quarantine, however, a quarantine is a restriction on the movement of the healthy within the population, helping prevent the spread of a specific disease.
It Benefits YOU
When you shelter in place or quarantine, you are severely reducing your individual risk of catching whatever virus or bug that happens to be going around.
Not only are you protecting yourself, but you’re protecting everyone in your home, as many viral diseases spread quickly throughout a household once one member contracts it.
It Benefits Everyone
Just as much as you don’t want to catch something from someone else, you also don’t want to unknowingly spread something TO someone else.
We personally interact with about 25 people each day, who then personally interact with 25 more, and so on and so forth. So imagine the impact one carrier could have by continuing on with their normal daily activities in the midst of a pandemic like COVID-19?
The best day of quarantine is always the LAST day of quarantine. But in order for that day to come, each of us must accept the personal responsibility required to see this quarantine to its effective end.