nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Laws On Quarantine And Isolation Of Infected Persons: Problems?

Four years ago the CDC announced proposals to strengthen quarantine rules at airports.  Guidelines were written, but then recently withdrawn.

If you think getting through an airport is a pain in the neck now, wait until the US institutes new laws and regulations that could put entering individuals who appear to have certain diseases into quarantine for several days.

On the surface the idea sounds good:  keep the SARS or H1N1 out of the country, along with cholera, plague, etc.

But how will you tell whether these people have the disease in an airport?  Do we pull out everybody with the sniffles?  And where do you put them?  Airports don't have wards for hundreds of detained sick people.  What tests do you run, and how much will that cost?

Observing the rapid spread of H1N1 over the last year, somebody came to their senses and decided that this particular method of keeping disease out of the country wouldn't work...duh.

Word is, they are looking at revising the new guidelines.  In this age of frequent international travel, and global intermingling, it's hard to see how any regulations could limit the entry of a rapidly spreading disease.

I think we're going to have to rely on personal sanitation and hygiene.


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