Quarantine entails the process of sidelining or isolating individuals who are purported to have acquired communicable diseases to see if they will become sick (“Quarantine and Isolation | CDC”, 2017). The health practitioners have used the process of quarantine for a long time in the bid to reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Even though quarantine serves the purpose of reducing the rate at which infectious diseases are proliferated, it is of fundamental to indulge into precautionary diagnosis before subjecting individuals to such fates. This paper focuses on my stance on why quarantine activities should not be strictly enforced.
Quarantine activities subject individuals to the restriction of movements and actions; therefore, it results in the violation of human rights and freedom of movement. Thus, not unless a precise, careful, and credible abundance of caution has been considered, placing individuals in quarantine is unnecessary and should be disregard at all costs. In this regard, quarantine policies ought to be sufficiently drafted to help reduce chances of making human errors when conducting such exercises (Maglen, 2006).
Also, on many occasions, people have been put in a quarantine area even when they have not been diagnosed with the communicable diseases. This increases their chances of conducting the disease from the infected members of in the area which is unfair to them. Doctors have always suggested that communicable diseases require direct contact with the infected person. Individuals should be allowed to socialize and interact together as one until a physician or a health practitioner decries a distinguishable symptom. Maglen (2006) suggests that the peoples’ freedom should not be overshadowed with the protection of public health.
In case of an outbreak of a communicable disease, the government together with the health sector personnel’s first option is quarantining the area. This situation can be avoided if the medical practitioners are always monitoring the conditions of patients in the country. The center of disease control and prevention should be provided with more funds to improve on their technology which will reduce the time required for a disease to be identified; thus, reducing the time people stay in quarantine areas.