2020-11-19 19:31

Are American adults capable of quarantining? hKk世界播



Novelist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan quarantined in a hotel room at the Tan Village Hotel Sentosa in Singapore in March. hKk世界播


If you think quarantine needs a better publicist in the United States, you might be right. hKk世界播


New Zealanders went into a strict lockdown and so did Italians. So did the residents of China, Spain, Bolivia, Morocco and South Korea. hKk世界播


The idea of isolating for a stretch of two weeks either because you've been exposed to Covid-19 or are traveling from a Covid-19 hotspot, however, can feel like a punishment to Americans, not a long-standing infectious disease prevention policy. hKk世界播


It might feel the same way to thousands of Germans: Demonstrators gathered near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Wednesday to protest an ongoing nationwide lockdown, Berlin police spokesman Stefan Petersen earlier told CNN. When the crowds didn't disperse, police used water cannons to move protestors away from the area, Berlin police said. hKk世界播

柏林警方发言人斯特凡·彼得森(Stefan Petersen)早些时候告诉CNN,成千上万的德国人可能也会有同样的感受:周三,示威者聚集在柏林勃兰登堡门附近,抗议正在进行的全国封锁。柏林警方说,当人群没有驱散时,警方用高压水枪将抗议者从该地区赶走。hKk世界播




Whether or not the US ever imposes a nationwide lockdown, the fact is that with over 100,000 US cases confirmed daily, we're going to have to get used to the idea of quarantining. As that number inches up to 200,000 daily cases, the reality is that we're about to experience an even more difficult time with this virus if behaviors don't change. hKk世界播


It's puzzling to residents of other regions around the world that have successfully gone into lockdown -- and are heading into lockdown again without much debate. hKk世界播


This attitude also would likely confound people arriving in the US a century ago, some of whom were quarantined when they arrived at Ellis Island and were found to carry certain contagious diseases such as smallpox and typhoid or were required to stay in lockdown during the 1918 flu pandemic. hKk世界播


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"Quarantine inherently means you're making a sacrifice for the good of others," said Dr. Dara Kass, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. hKk世界播

纽约长老会/哥伦比亚大学欧文医疗中心(New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center)急诊医学副教授达拉·卡斯(Dara Kass)博士说:“隔离本质上意味着你在为他人的利益做出牺牲。”hKk世界播

"For some, it feels like overkill if they're feeling no Covid-19 symptoms. Others are looking at it from their own perspective — how does it affect me, not how can I help prevent the spread to other people." hKk世界播



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That doesn't make sense to many people outside the United States. The argument by some that quarantine is a breach of basic freedom doesn't work for novelist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, who quarantined in a Singapore hotel for two weeks in March. hKk世界播

对于美国以外的许多人来说,这是没有道理的。一些人认为隔离是对基本自由的侵犯,这一说法对小说家谢丽尔·吕连坦(Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan)不起作用,她在3月份在新加坡一家酒店隔离了两周。hKk世界播

"Civic responsibility has to be more important than everything else," said Tan, the author of "Sarong Party Girls." Tan left her home in New York City, flying to Singapore to be closer to her parents when Covid-19 cases started rising in New York last spring. hKk世界播


During her quarantine, Tan isolated in her Singapore hotel room, with three meals a day delivered to her room. Government representatives called her daily and required that she show them, via video, that she had remained in that room — alone — or risk a fine or even jail time. hKk世界播


"I truly believe that if you want your freedom, give up your freedom for two weeks, and then we can all truly be free," she said. hKk世界播


Carole Blueweiss, a physical therapist and podcaster, followed every state-mandated quarantine protocol when she returned home to New York City in October after spending the previous seven months in Florida. hKk世界播

卡罗尔·布鲁韦斯(Carole Blueweiss)是一名理疗师和播客,在佛罗里达州度过了之前的七个月后,她于10月份回到纽约市的家中时,遵守了州政府规定的每一项隔离协议。hKk世界播

On some days, she did question the necessity of doing so. hKk世界播


"Did I agree that it was absolutely necessary given the fact that I was basically in quarantine when I was in Florida? It wasn't as if I was out there partying or doing anything risky, no," she said. "At times my mindset was 'this is stupid' or 'why can't I go out with my mask on and stay away from other people?' but I felt I needed to do this. It made me feel patriotic." hKk世界播


For Blueweiss, it came down to weighing the law, science and respecting all that New York City had done to keep Covid-19 cases down since the outbreak began last spring. hKk世界播


"Quarantine isn't anything I would have ever imagined doing," she said. "It feels radical but the idea of keeping more people safe should be more important than anything else. That helped me shift my feelings away from being angry or resentful and, instead, focus on putting something good into the world." hKk世界播


Some Canadians say they aren't struggling with quarantine as much as their neighbors to the south, and this will serve Canada well as case counts rise after their October Thanksgiving celebrations and increased restrictions are on the horizon. hKk世界播



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"We more or less accept the dictates of public health with less rancor than occurs in the US," said Dr. Ross Upshur, a professor of clinical public health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. hKk世界播

多伦多大学(University Of Toronto)达拉拉纳公共卫生学院(Dalla Lana School Of Public Health)临床公共卫生学教授罗斯·厄普舒尔(Ross Upshur)博士说:“我们或多或少接受了公共卫生的指令,但敌意比美国少。”hKk世界播

"What worries me looking at our good neighbors to the south is that the deep divisiveness that exists now seems to be mitigating against something we take for granted here, this common good, this belief that we're all in this together. We're each other's neighbors, and it's our obligation to not make somebody else ill if we can help it." hKk世界播


Darren Sukonick, who lives in Toronto and traveled to the United States three times during the pandemic, agrees that there's a different take on quarantine in Canada. hKk世界播

达伦·苏科尼克(Darren Sukonick)住在多伦多,在疫情爆发期间曾三次前往美国,他同意加拿大对隔离有不同的看法。hKk世界播

"I think some people view it as a hindrance and an irritation to have to isolate when they come back to Canada from the US," said Sukonick, principal at Matthew Sapera Fine Homes, a custom home builder, who quarantined for 14 days as per Canadian regulations. hKk世界播

定制住宅建筑商Matthew Sapera Fine Homes的负责人苏科尼克(Sukonick)表示:“我认为,有些人认为,当他们从美国返回加拿大时,不得不与世隔绝,这是一种阻碍和恼火。”根据加拿大的规定,他将被隔离14天。hKk世界播

"I don't think people look at this as a civil liberties issue. I have a feeling there's a solidarity and a law-abiding nature here. Whether it's a Canadian thing or not I can't say for sure, but by and large people are complying with the rules." hKk世界播


It's hard to quantify how many people are actually following quarantine protocol across the United States. hKk世界播


The short answer is that we don't know since quarantine is largely something that's done on the honor system, with official check-ins to ensure that you're actually isolating varying from place to place. Couple this with the fact that the rules and regulations differ depending on your state or region, and it becomes even more challenging for elected leaders and health officials to get individuals to comply. hKk世界播


"We don't like the idea of having to be home alone," said Dr. Rachelle Scott, director of psychiatry at Eden Health, a primary care company in New York City. "Being forced to stay in your small apartment without being able to leave feels very off-putting to us and someone telling us we can't do something becomes very counterculture for some." hKk世界播

纽约市一家初级保健公司伊甸园健康(Eden Health)的精神病学主任雷切尔·斯科特(Rachelle Scott)博士说,“我们不喜欢一个人呆在家里。”“被迫住在你的小公寓里却不能离开,这让我们感到非常不舒服,有人告诉我们做不了什么,对一些人来说,这会成为一种非常反主流的文化。”hKk世界播

If you have to quarantine, recast the experience hKk世界播


Since US culture tends to value individualism over community, the pandemic is forcing Americans to recalibrate, Scott said. hKk世界播


If you're an American faced with quarantine, Scott suggests you begin by looking outward. hKk世界播



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"Instead of being angry that you have to quarantine, focus on all that you're doing to keep your community healthy by simply staying home," she said. "It's a shift in perspective but it's one that really matters." hKk世界播


Next, lean into the experience by seeing the positives. "Consider helping others virtually, or even spend time every day taking note of the ways in which you're grateful," Scott said. "Studies have shown that gratitude helps you shift your focus and impacts your mood." hKk世界播


Quarantine fatigue is definitely a challenge but also an opportunity. hKk世界播


"I think people have discovered what worked or didn't work for them the first time around," Scott said. "It's not catchy or something folks would be excited to share on social media, but creating routines and habits can help cut through the fatigue and help foster a sense of control." hKk世界播


The final and possibly the best pick-me-up: There are so many ways to connect with the outside world during lockdown. hKk世界播


"I find it particularly ridiculous that in this day and age — when you can be in touch with everyone on your phone — that you can feel cut off from the world because you can't leave your apartment until you finish quarantine or test negative," Tan said. hKk世界播


"Quarantining just can't be as hard today as it would have been a century ago." hKk世界播


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