By now, we’re certain that you’ve heard of the word quarantine many times over. If you’re able to travel during this time, you may have experienced being quarantined for 14-days. But for those who are still unsure what it is and why it’s considered to be an effective way of fighting the Coronavirus, here’s an easy read to get you up to date.
Photo from Unsplash
What does quarantine mean? (source: FutureLearn)
The word quarantine comes from the Italian word, ‘quarantena’, which means ‘forty days’.
It was first used during the14th-century to describe the period where all ships at the time were required to spend isolating before anyone could go ashore during the bubonic plague epidemic in Venice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this was the first recorded example of quarantine as we know it today.
What does quarantine mean during Covid-19?
Quarantine during the time of Covid-19 means separating and restricting movement for anyone who is or may have been exposed to the virus. This means confining the person in question to one place, be it a medical facility or their home.
Being in quarantine means you can monitor when symptoms develop and, if it turns out you have been exposed, you will not spread the virus to others as you and the virus will remain in your home.
It is a public health strategy and the World Health Organisation advises that it “may delay the peak of an epidemic in an area where local transmission is ongoing”.
It shouldn’t be however be mistaken with self-isolation. Though both self-isolation and quarantine exist to decrease public exposure to a disease, according to the CDC:
isolation separates people with a contagious disease from people who are not ill
quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who are not ill but may have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become ill.
In other words, quarantine isn’t reserved for people who are ill. People who appear healthy can still be quarantined.
Whilst there is a difference between isolation and quarantine, the measures you take to self-quarantine or isolate at home are similar.
Why is quarantine effective during this time?
According to the CDC, quarantine is medically “very effective in protecting the public from disease”. Though often requiring huge effort and brutal change, following quarantine measures when required is a small price to pay for long-term public health.
It’s also great to remember that viruses don’t travel. People do. But by implementing these kinds of health and safety measures, we may be able to slow down the threat of Covid-19 and/or eradicate it completely.
Looking for a safe place for your quarantine stay?
We know quarantine can get quite stressful. That’s why we made it easy for you to look and book BOQ, DOH and DOT accredited quarantine hotels in the Philippines. With RedDoorz, not only will you be assured of clean and sanitized rooms but you can also get them at the best lowest price possible.
You can always find our safe and comfortable hotels at just the tip of your fingers. Visit our website or download our mobile app for more updates and information!