Many people are scared of quarantine, especially after the world’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, which up to now continues to plague many countries, particularly China, where the virus originated.
But, really, quarantine has saved countless lives since Biblical times – humans, animals, and even plants. After the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt as recorded in the book of Leviticus, people with leprosy were even ordered to be isolated from the rest of God’s people to prevent the spread of the disease.
When the bubonic plague reached the shores of Europe in the 14th century, quarantine measures had been imposed to halt the spread of the Black Death. But it was Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia, which proved to be the most successful in implementing quarantine as a disease-control strategy that was complete with lazarettos or quarantine stations, strict social distancing, and an extensive contact tracing system.
And so, what we’ve been experiencing since the pandemic — the quarantine requirements, lockdowns, travel bans, and other medical methods in order to avoid infection — is largely based on how our ancestors had dealt with plagues and other infectious diseases in the past.
But, as already mentioned, quarantine is not just for humans. Animals and plants may carry diseases, too, that can infect other species of their kind. Disease transmission may prove not just fatal for some living things, but combatting new diseases can be very costly as well. African swine fever, for example, is among the most devastating viruses to hit the pork industry. Meanwhile, plants are also susceptible to viruses, fungi, and bacteria, which may spread from region to region, country to country.
This is why quarantine is a vital tool that the modern world has adopted from ancient times to safeguard the health of all kinds of living things.
In this viral Tiktok video, a pet owner was overwhelmed with happiness upon seeing her dog after its 10-day quarantine in Australia. She has just moved home from the United Kingdom to the Land Down Under, and there was no way she would leave her pet behind. And so, her dog was flown from the UK as cargo and admitted to a quarantine facility to comply with the requirements of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment in order to ensure that the continent would remain free of quite a number of dog and cat diseases.
Tiktok commenters were so happy, too, upon seeing the sweet reunion of the duo!
TikTok 200000100 remarked, “She’s going to make so many little Aussie dog friends 🥰”
Dorkas likewise commented, “She must very scared.. and now she can rest and happy forever with her family 🥰🥰🥰🥰 true love 🥰🥰🥰”
Cheerful words from rachelrissoti: “Omgeee that hit me in the feels! That big doggy smile as you’re heading home in the car. I’m sO glad you’re reunited. ❤️❤️”
And Olivia Martyn shared the feeling: “I feel you! I relocated my Doberman from Aussie to NZ. We had 3 months apart. Epic reunion ❣️😊🐾”
Together, forever. ❤️ What a journey it’s been! ✈️🏴🇦🇺