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Are American adults capable of quarantining?

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The idea of isolating for two weeks because you have been exposed to Covid-19 or are traveling from a virus hotspot can feel like a punishment to Americans, not a long-standing infectious disease prevention policy. Here's how Americans can rethink their reactions.

This attitude also would likely confound people arriving in the US a century ago, some of whom were quarantined when they arrived at Ellis Island and were found to carry certain contagious diseases such as smallpox and typhoid or were required to stay in lockdown during the 1918 flu pandemic.

"Quarantine inherently means you're making a sacrifice for the good of others," said Dr. Dara Kass, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City.

Carole Blueweiss, a physical therapist and podcaster, followed every state-mandated quarantine protocol when she returned home to New York City in October after spending the previous seven months in Florida.

"I think some people view it as a hindrance and an irritation to have to isolate when they come back to Canada from the US," said Sukonick, principal at Matthew Sapera Fine Homes, a custom home builder, who quarantined for 14 days as per Canadian regulations.

It's hard to quantify how many people are actually following quarantine protocol across the United States.

"We don't like the idea of having to be home alone," said Dr. Rachelle Scott, director of psychiatry at Eden Health, a primary care company in New York City.

"Instead of being angry that you have to quarantine, focus on all that you're doing to keep your community healthy by simply staying home," she said.

"I find it particularly ridiculous that in this day and age — when you can be in touch with everyone on your phone — that you can feel cut off from the world because you can't leave your apartment until you finish quarantine or test negative," Tan said.

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