New Zealanders went under a strict siege, and so did the Italians. China, Spain, Bolivia, Morocco and South Korea do the same.
The concept of two weeks of isolation, whether you have been in contact with Covid-19 or are traveling from a Covid-19 stop, however, can feel like a punishment for Americans, not a long-standing infection prevention policy. .
Whether the United States imposes a nationwide siege or not, the fact is that with more than 100,000 U.S. cases being confirmed each day, we must apply the concept of quarantine. While that number rises to 200,000 cases every day, the reality is that we’re going to have a harder time with the virus if behavior doesn’t change.
It’s a surprise for people in other parts of the world to successfully blockade – and move on to another blockade without debate.
Such attitudes may also have led to people entering the United States over the past decade, some of whom were quarantined when they arrived on Ellis Island and were diagnosed with infectious diseases such as hepatitis and typhoid, or were confined to the 1918 flu epidemic.
For community health
“Detention actually means that you have sacrificed for the good of others,” said Dr. Dara Kass, a professor of emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center.
“For some, it feels like it’s too much if they do not have Covid-19 symptoms. Others are looking at it from their own perspective – how it affects me, not how I can help prevent it from spreading to others.”
That does not mean that for many people outside the United States. Some argue that detention is a violation of fundamental freedoms for novelist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, who was detained at a Singapore hotel for two weeks in March.
“Civic responsibility must take precedence over everything else,” said Tan, author of Sarong Party Girls. Tan left her home in New York City and flew to Singapore to be closer to her parents when the Covid-19 case began in New York in the early spring of last year.
During the detention, Tan was isolated in her Singapore hotel room, with three meals a day delivered to her room. Government representatives called her daily and asked her to show them, via video, that she was in that room — alone — or at risk of being fined or even imprisoned.
“I truly believe that if you want your freedom, release your freedom for two weeks, and then we can be truly free,” she said.
Carole Blueweiss, a physical therapist and shepherd, followed all the quarantine rules when she returned to New York in October after spending seven months in Florida.
Some days, she questioned the necessity of doing so.
“I agree that it’s absolutely necessary because I was in detention when I was in Florida? It ‘s not like I’m outside the party or doing anything risky, no,” she said. “Sometimes my mindset is ‘this is stupid’ or ‘Why can’t I get out of here and stay away from others?’ “But I feel I have to do this. It makes me feel patriotic.”
For Blueweiss, it came down to weighing the pods of law, science and respect for everything New York City has done to keep Covid-19 out of the outbreak since the outbreak began last spring.
“Detention is not something I used to want to do,” she said. “It feels good, but the idea of keeping people safe should be more important than anything else. That has helped me shift my focus from anger or resentment and instead focus on bringing good things into the world.”
“We accept more or less public health education than it does in the United States,” said Dr. Ross Upshur, a professor of public health at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
“What worries me as we look to our good neighbors to the south is that the deep divisions that exist now seem to be diminishing from something we accept here, this good thing, the belief that we all’s here together.
Darren Sukonick, who lives in Toronto and has traveled to the United States three times during the global epidemic, agrees that there will be a different quarantine in Canada.
“I think some people find it frustrating and irritating to be separated when they return to Canada from the United States,” said Sukonick, CEO of Matthew Sapera Fine Homes. Canadian regulations.
“I do not think people view this as an issue of civil liberties. I feel there is unity and there is a law that respects the law here. Whether it is Canadian or not, I can not say for sure, but for the most part, the people follow the rules.”
It is difficult to calculate the number of people following detention ceremonies across the United States.
The short answer is that we do not know because most of the detention is something done in the honor system, with official checks to ensure that you are actually separated. Consistent with the fact that the rules and regulations vary by your state or region, and it will be even more challenging for elected officials and health officials to get individuals to comply.
“We do not like the idea of being alone at home,” said Dr. Rachelle Scott, director of psychiatry at Eden Health, a New York City primary care company. “Being forced to live in your small apartment without being able to let us feel cared for by us and someone telling us we can do nothing for some.”
If you have to quarantine, do the rehearsal experience
Since U.S. culture values personality to the community, epidemics have forced Americans to reconsider, Scott said.
If you are an American facing quarantine, Scott advises you to start by looking outside.
“Instead of being angry that you have to quarantine, focus on everything you do to keep your community healthy by just being at home,” she said. “It’s a change of perspective, but it’s a major issue.”
Next, based on the experience by optimism. “Consider helping others on a regular basis, or even spend every day memorizing how grateful you are,” Scott said. “Studies have shown that gratitude helps you shift focus and affect your mood.”
Detention fatigue is certainly a challenge but it is also an opportunity.
“I think people discover what works or doesn’t work for them for the first time,” Scott said. “It’s not fascinating or something that other people would be excited to share on social media, but developing habits and habits can help reduce fatigue and help build a sense of control.”
Last and probably the best choice: there are many ways to connect with the outside world during quarantine.
“I find it strange that especially in this day and age – when you can communicate with everyone on your phone – you can feel cut off from the world because you can not leave your apartment until you are locked up or tested negatively,” Tan said.
“Detention just can’t be as difficult now as it was a century ago.”
Lambeth Hochwald Is a writer and professor of journalism at New York City University, focusing on issues related to health, family and issues of importance to women.