Shifting the Culture of Quarantine
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Quarantine will likely never be a comfortable experience for anyone, but there are concrete steps that can be taken to improve the experience and help shift perceptions of quarantine in the United States from punishment to social responsibility. Changing perceptions, however, requires changing the reality of the quarantine experience, which must be done through a series of policies, regulations and tangible support to individuals who have had their freedom of movement curtailed. These actions must also be taken to reinforce the public’s trust in government. This paper looks at how quarantine has been used in recent history, assesses what we can learn from the experiences, and proposes a set of actions the United States could take to improve the quarantine experience, and eventually change perceptions.
SubjectScowcroft Institute; international affairs; epidemiology; quarantine; science; infectious diseases; global health; public health; public policy
- Scowcroft Papers 
Katz, Rebecca (2017). Shifting the Culture of Quarantine. Available electronically from