What is quarantine?
The term "quarantine" is quite an interesting story. It arose in the time of such monstrous epidemics as plague or smallpox. This word comes from the Italian "quaranta", which means "forty" in Russian. It was for 40 days that the ships arriving from abroad to Italy anchored before they were admitted to the port. This was done in order to prevent the penetration of infections into the country, since a period of 40 days is considered incubation for these diseases. If after the passage of these days the whole team was alive and well, then the ship was admitted to the port.
What is quarantine today? And when is it customary to use this word?
- Quarantine is the place, point, department of the medical institution where people are examined, whose risk of contracting infectious diseases is very high. "My brother was taken to quarantine".
- Quarantine is the process of isolating individuals whocould be infected with the infection, and all measures associated with this. Potential patients spend in quarantine as many days as the incubation period of a particular disease lasts. For different diseases, these periods differ. For example, the flu is enough for three days to manifest itself in the human body, but smallpox is needed around 40. Example: "This winter, many schools are closed for quarantine."
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