A Few Quarantine Related Facts

It was my cousin’s birthday yesterday and I offered to write a post for him but he wanted “Top 10 Quarantines Through History”. Well, I started researching for that and realized I could find accurate information for that but that in order to make a comparison I would have to use academic information I’m not qualified (not that you need to be an academic) to discuss. As such here are a few facts I found in my research that I thought were interesting.

  1. In 1799, a pamphlet was published in France that suggested that the British, in concert with Barbary Pirates, were planning to introduce the plague to the south coasts of France. Despite this, by 1820 there was a large amount of cooperation on quarantine matters between Mediterranean countries despite tensions on other accounts.

    For the full quote and source Quarantine and Oceanic Histories: reflections on the old world and the new (I know I should introduce sources in the footnotes I’m just seeing if I can change them to adjust to the structure of my posts. See it as an experiment)
  2. The first recorded instance of quarantine was in CE when the Byzantine emperor Justinian enacted a law that required the isolation of people arriving from areas infested with the Bubonic Plague
  3. Typhoid Mary is a colloquial term for someone who spreads disease. The tern is named after Mary Mallon who after being quarantined as a carrier and released on the condition that she would stop working as a cook. But after several unsuccessful years of working as a laundress, she changed her name to Mary Brown and worked in a number of kitchens to avoid being arrested. Eventually being caught and confined to quarantine on north border island for the rest of her life
  4. The astronauts of Apollo 11Apollo 12, and Apollo 14, were quarantined (in each case for a total of 21 days) after returning to Earth. In order to prevent interplanetary contamination from moon microorganisms.
  5. The term quarantine come from either the Latin quadraginta or the Italian Quaranta, both meaning “40.” . The term originated during the bubonic plague in a Venetian-controlled port city called Ragusa (now Dubrovnik, Croatia) passed a law establishing Trentino, or a 30-day period of isolation for ships arriving from plague-infested areas. over the next 80 years, it was changed to 40 days changing the term to Quarantine. As such I would assume the term comes from Italian and the Italian word originally came from Latin.

Tomorrow’s post will be on the subjects of Optimism Bias and Pessimism Bias.

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