Fear and Takeout: 14 Days in Coronavirus 'Self-Quarantine
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    Claire Campbell expected to spend this semester studying in Shanghai.
    Instead, she is five days into a self-imposed quarantine at her parents’
    house in South Carolina.She checks her temperature twice a day. She
    reads. And she waits for a family friend to slide takeout meals through
    the front door.To get more news about shanghai 14 days quarantine, you can visit shine news official website.



    “I am going stir crazy,” said Ms. Campbell, 20, a Clemson University
    student who returned from her study abroad trip months earlier than
    planned because of an outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, that has
    left hundreds dead and sickened thousands more. “Every day kind of melts
    together.”



    As United States officials impose new restrictions on travelers from
    China, many people who have returned to the country in recent days have
    hunkered down in their homes to make sure they were not carrying or
    spreading the disease.

    Some were checking in regularly with local public health departments,
    taking their temperatures at regular intervals and receiving deliveries
    of food and water. Others were not conferring with the authorities, but
    choosing on their own to stay indoors, away from work, away from friends
    and, in some cases, away from everyone. All were counting down the days
    since they left China, waiting anxiously to see if symptoms develop —
    and to get back to normal.



    “It’s pretty scary,” said a woman in Massachusetts whose husband and
    18-month-old son have been holed up in the family’s basement since
    returning from China last week.The woman, a medical researcher who asked
    not to be named, said her family’s self-imposed quarantine was a
    necessary step to protect others, especially since she feared her family
    had traveled on the same flight as a man who was later diagnosed with
    coronavirus.

    “If people are responsible people,” she said, “they are willing to do this.”



    Only 11 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the United States as
    of Tuesday afternoon, but the rapid spread of the disease through China
    has mobilized American health officials. Passengers from China were
    being funneled into 11 airports and screened for signs of the disease.

    About 200 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus,
    were being quarantined on a military base. And those who had traveled in
    other parts of China were being asked by federal authorities to
    “self-quarantine” in their homes for 14 days in case symptoms
    emerged.This virus has literally only existed on planet Earth in humans
    for maybe two months,” said Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting deputy
    secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who added that most
    people who arrived on commercial flights from China had volunteered to
    isolate themselves. “There is so much we don’t know about it that it
    leads us to take additional precautions.”



    By Tuesday, as more Americans prepared to leave Wuhan on government
    evacuation flights, signs of growing concern were evident at the
    country’s borders.



    Someone who landed at Los Angeles International Airport was placed under
    a federal quarantine order on Monday and isolated at a military base
    because of the person’s travel history. A Canadian who tried to enter
    the United States by land was turned away for recently being in China.
    And a child who had been in quarantine in California after arriving on a
    previous evacuation flight was hospitalized after developing a fever
    and was being tested for coronavirus.

    Mr. Cuccinelli said the federal government was directing air carriers to
    prevent most people who have traveled in China over the past few weeks
    from boarding flights to the United States if they are not American
    citizens. “They won’t even be on the plane,” he said.

    But he acknowledged that on Sunday alone, in the final hours before the
    federal government’s quarantine rules took effect, some 5,000 American
    citizens flew back from China.



    “If we had to actually quarantine all of those people instead of rely on
    self-quarantines, you can just imagine what that would do to available
    resources,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “It would blow the doors off them.”Even
    in states where no one has received a diagnosis of coronavirus,
    precautions were put in place.



    In Texas, where Joint Base San Antonio was preparing for the possibility
    that it would house quarantined travelers from China, military leaders
    scheduled a town-hall meeting for Wednesday to answer community concerns
    about safety. Indiana health officials said they were monitoring a
    resident who federal authorities had said should be quarantined at home.
    And in Wheeling, W.Va., public health officials pulled someone out of
    an elementary school on Monday and placed the person and a family member
    in quarantine because they had just returned from Hong Kong.



    “It’s going to be that time in the house together, watching a lot of
    movies, having family and friends bring the groceries over,” said Howard
    Gamble, the administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health
    Department, which is checking in with the quarantined family by phone
    each day to make sure they are not developing any coronavirus symptoms.



    Public health officials said the immediate threat to Americans remained
    low. But federal guidance for travelers has evolved quickly, creating a
    confusing patchwork of policies.

    Starting Sunday evening, most people from other countries who had
    recently been in China were not being allowed into the United States,
    and Americans who had come from China were being asked to isolate
    themselves for two weeks. Some travelers, including Ms. Campbell, the
    Clemson student, chose to cloister themselves despite arriving several
    days before the rules took effect.

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