Qwest Renews Quarantine For All International Travelers
This week the Government announced a new quarantine policy for people who have been recently vaccinated. Following news reports on how widespread the new hepatitis C strain had become, the Government decided to implement stricter measures to stop the spread of the disease. In this article you will learn more about the new quarantines and why they are important.
The first quarantine policy was implemented in 1999. Under this law anyone travelling to Queensland from any other state were required to be quarantined at one of the two approved quarantines in Brisbane – St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Both of these quarantines are based in Brisbane. The first criteria that was applied to people who were travelling from any other state included whether they had contact with a previously infected person.
This criterion was designed to make sure that no one who was not already ill with the virus would slip through the cracks. If there was one positive result, it was enough to keep them quarantined. As long as they met the other criteria, there was no need to be checked. That is one of the reasons why this particular policy was only effective during the early stages of the outbreak – when there were still relatively few cases. As the number of cases grew, the number of quarantines became smaller.
There are some welcome changes in the current quarantines
For instance, the criteria for receiving one of the two approved drugs to treat Hepatitis C has been increased to be harder to pass. For people travelling from foreign countries, this includes people from countries where AIDS or HIV is a problem. In addition, those with strong symptoms of SARS, including high fever and sore throat, can now be quarantined. Those without these should consider other means of travel.
The new quarantines for those travelling from overseas have increased checks at airports and seaports, but the rules are the same everywhere. Those using airlines or cruise ships will need to provide more details about their past travel, including dates and places of rest. Anyone travelling outside of Australia needs to arrange alternative travel plans.
The new quarantine rules for people travelling to Brisbane for work or pleasure are designed to help keep the disease out of city limits
There are several groups that can help travellers with this, including hospitals, hotels and health care workers’ organizations. Travel advice websites also offer tips on how to avoid the spread of the disease. These sites recommend that precautions be taken at home by following general preventative measures such as washing hands frequently and avoiding direct contact with any sneezing Aussies.
This is not the first time that Australia has had to deal with a new outbreak of SARS
There were three previous outbreaks between 2021. The worst one was in Brisbane, resulting in twelve deaths and many more complications. This is now known as the outbreak of Mumps Vaccine Abduction, or MVA. This strain of the disease is similar to the ones that causes chickenpox, and is spreading at an alarming rate.
While this is the case with all epidemics, there is no reason to be complacent about quarantines for travelers. Quarantines are important for containing and preventing the disease in order to protect you and your family from harm. If you do become infected, there are treatments available to treat it, including hospitalization. It is not something that should keep you from leaving the country. Rather, make sure you know how to recognize and prevent the disease in order to avoid the stressful situation of an illness while you are abroad.