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Why we still need quarantine

In the past, the ancient practice of quarantine was often the only tool in the fight against infectious diseases like leprosy and bubonic plague. Even in today’s world of vaccines and antibiotics, quarantine still has a role, as Lizzie Enfield reveals.

Words by Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield  is a journalist and regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines and radio. She has written four novels, had her short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has been published in various magazines.