Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Canadian hotel quarantine fines were handed out unevenly

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Canada's hotel quarantine requirement ended in August, but we're just now getting a sense of how it was enforced. CBC News has learned that fines were unevenly handed out, depending on which city passengers landed in.

A "quarantine" is really a restriction on the movement of people, animals and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease or pests. It is often used in connection to disease and illness, preventing the movement of those who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, yet do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis.

"Medical isolation" is different. This is for those confirmed to be infected with a communicable disease are isolated from the healthy population.

Quarantine considerations are often an important aspect of border control.

Ethical and practical considerations certainly need to be considered when applying quarantine to people. Practice differs from country to country.

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