Quarantine – The Plague, Lepers, Covid and Goats

When you think of quarantine, what comes to mind? Leper colonies of the past? Two weeks to flatten the curve?

A hundred years ago, when leprosy was considered a public health risk, people were quarantined off for life. There was no cure for leprosy back then, and while only a few hundred people were ever recorded to have leprosy in the United States, it was claimed that a few thousand were likely to exist in hiding, to avoid a life of quarantine.

So how did quarantine get its name? And what was quarantine like before the current pandemic? I go back into ancient history to show you that, actually, nothing much has changed.

Oh, and goats. Goats definitely get a mention today!

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