Coronavirus and more: a brief history of quarantines
The largest quarantine in human history is happening right now
HEALTH Infection control
The world is currently witnessing the largest quarantine in human history. Over 46 million people are quarantined in China due to the recent coronavirus outbreak. While this is an unprecedented event, due to to its scale, quarantines have been used throughout history to contain diseases. Isolating infected individuals has proved to be effective when trying to contain certain pandemics. As a result, quarantines are still used to this day.
In this gallery, we look back on the origins and history of the practice of quarantine, as well as revisiting its most famous cases. Click through to learn more.
MOVIES Then and now