From Leprosy to COVID-19: The Evolution of Quarantines (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three part series. Read the first part here. By: Deanna Altomara During medieval times, disease control techniques were a patchwork of quarantine stations, sanitary barriers, hidden observation posts, laws restricting the movements of foreigners, banishment, and even walling up the houses of plague victims. Some of the…

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From Leprosy to COVID-19: The Evolution of Quarantines (Part 1)

By: Deanna Altomara The current quarantines and travel restrictions taking place across the world represent the largest quarantine in human history. People have dealt with pandemics—the global spread of a specific disease—for centuries.  Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms that spread from one person to another. But the way that disease is spread varies by…

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How Healthcare Works in Vietnam

By: Deanna Altomara Of all the countries I visited on my study abroad program in the Spring of 2019, Vietnam felt the most foreign. This southeast Asian country had a completely different language, culture, and history than anything I’ve ever experienced. There is also a unique system of public-private healthcare run by a Communist government,…

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