Why are people Quarantined?

There is much discussion in the news regarding the use of Quarantine as a measure to protect the public’s health.  Quarantine is defined as the restriction of movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. View the CDC Quarantine webpage. By definition, people placed in quarantine are not ill. If an individual does become ill while in quarantine, they are then provided medical treatment, as appropriate for the disease. Sometimes they can be treated at home, and sometimes they will require hospitalization, it depends on the disease.

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1. Why are people Quarantined?
2. Do public health authorities still use quarantine today?
3. What is the best way to help fight off any Virus?