C&B Notes

Origins of Quarantine

Quarantine was first widely used in Venice in the 1300’s as the city-state grappled with the Black Death.  The term itself is derived from quaranta, the Italian word for 40.  General policy of Venice was to keep visiting sailors and merchants separated from the general population for 40 days before they were allowed entrance to the whole city.  While Venetians did not fully understand the biology of the bubonic plague, they recognized that there was an incubation period and realized that it was not just transmitted from human contact but also through the common handling of goods/products.

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