Advertisement

How are people in quarantine for a contagious disease treated?

Modern quarantine lasts only as long as necessary to protect the public by:

  • providing public health care (such as immunization or drug treatment, as required)
  • ensuring that quarantined persons do not infect others if they have been exposed to a contagious disease.

Quarantined individuals will be sheltered, fed and cared for at home, in a designated emergency facility or in a specialized hospital, depending on the disease and the available resources. They will also be among the first to receive all available medical interventions to prevent and control disease, including:

  • vaccination
  • antibiotics
  • early and rapid diagnostic testing and symptom monitoring
  • early treatment if symptoms appear

The duration and scope of quarantine measures would vary, depending on their purpose and what is known about the incubation period (how long it takes for symptoms to develop after exposure) of the disease-causing agent.

Modern quarantine is more likely to involve limited numbers of exposed persons in small areas than to involve large numbers of persons in whole neighborhoods or cities.

Continue Learning about Infectious Disease

The Kissing Bug: Must-Know Facts
The Kissing Bug: Must-Know Facts
The kissing bug doesn’t actually sound that bad, but in fact a bite from this insect can be deadly.  That’s because the triatomine bug, also known as ...
Read More
Are there alternative treatments for infections?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Some minor infections, such as the common cold, may be handled through natural treatments that inclu...
More Answers
5 Weird Diseases You Thought Were Gone
5 Weird Diseases You Thought Were Gone5 Weird Diseases You Thought Were Gone5 Weird Diseases You Thought Were Gone5 Weird Diseases You Thought Were Gone
These blasts from the past continue to make people sick.
Start Slideshow
What Do You Do Once You've Discovered a New Virus?
What Do You Do Once You've Discovered a New Virus?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.