All those with symptoms or who have been in direct contact with people infected with corovirus have been quarantined.
All those with symptoms or who have been in direct contact with people infected with corovirus have been placed in quarantine, a quarantine that lasts 14 days, something that could have led to confusion due to the meaning of the word. We resolve doubts by explaining the origin of the word ‘quarantine’.
One of the meanings that appears in the Spanish dictionary for the term quarantine it is “preventive isolation to which people or animals are subjected for a period of time, for health reasons.”
To find its origin, you have to go to the Venice of the s. XIV when, by decree, the boats arriving in the city were forced to spend forty days (’quaranta giorni’) isolated before being able to unload to avoid the spread of the Black Death.
People who were infected were separated to prevent the spread of the disease and kept in isolation for forty days before they were in contact with other people again in memory of the number of days Jesus spent in the desert.
Today, its meaning no longer maintains the literal duration of forty days, but it is called quarantine any period of isolation or abstention even if it has a different duration. As the RAE explains, despite the origin of the word, the time that a quarantine lasts may vary depending on the case.