Will Liberals Stand for Isolation and Quarantine?
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control address the subject of voluntary or involuntary placement of individuals in isolation or quarantine this way:
To contain the spread of a contagious illness, public health authorities rely on many strategies. Two of these strategies are isolation and quarantine. Both are common practices in public health, and both aim to control exposure to infected or potentially infected persons. Both may be undertaken voluntarily or compelled by public health authorities. The two strategies differ in that isolation applies to persons who are known to have an illness, and quarantine applies to those who have been exposed to an illness but who may or may not become ill.
In a post almost two years ago, I cited a Washington Post article in which writer Peter Finn pointed out that such measures might not be far away. Of course, it was a tuberculosis scare that had the nation’s attention at that time. Now, it’s the possibility of a flu pandemic that has health officials worried.
Once again, it will be interesting to see how liberals react if or when health officials impose sometimes-extreme controls on people infected with this bird-human-swine flu as their predecessors have in the past.