Quarantine

Connie Nugent
2020 Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles  
When musician Stephen Stills wrote these lyrics in 1966, he was no doubt unaware of coronaviruses, but the words are appropriate for the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic late in 2019; it really wasn't clear what was happening. It's just a virus. We've had viral outbreaks before. As the statistics soon revealed, however, the situation became clear-this coronavirus was here to stay. As more and more people succumbed worldwide and the death toll mounted, responsible leaders proposed a "stay at
more » ... me" protocol, hoping that social isolation would slow the spread of the virus. Being quarantined due to infectious disease is not a new concept; in Leviticus 13, the Lord speaks to Moses regarding the presence of a "leprous" disease: The priest shall confine the diseased person for seven days. The priest shall examine him on the seventh day, and if he sees that that the disease...has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall confine him seven days more. 1 Quarantine Nugent
doi:10.12746/swrccc.v8i35.735 fatcat:3wmmpkv3k5eobeklicii2oju7e