If you get the swine flu is your family going to be quarantined?

From a news article I just read:

When it was determined that Henshaw had the swine flu, the rest of her family was asked to give blood for testing, and were then quarantined into their home for an indefinite amount of time. Health officials have told the family to stay inside and away from the public, probably in the hopes that they can keep this from being spread around a larger population of people. It's obviously a very scary time for the family, and the hope is that they are going to be all right because it was caught so quickly when Hayden contracted the disease.

So what happens if you are quarantined indefinitely? Do you have someone deliver things you need? Are you allowed to go to the grocery store wearing a mask or anything? How is this enforced? Sorry so many questions, it just seems horrible to me to be quarantined (But I understand the need for it!)

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  • Deffinately. You absolutely have to issolate this virus. You still have cell phone and even landlines to call out with. Have someone you trust leave the things you need outside your door and then wait it out. The last time a pandemic flu came thru the U.S. was in 1918. There have been others since then, but the 1918 one was the most devestating. That flu had a 2% mortality rate but 40 million people died from it. So quarentine, absolutely!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • That does sound awful, wow! What is the swine flu?? I haven't heard of it...
    pamelajqs

    Answer by pamelajqs at 12:31 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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    Answer by AprilDJC at 12:36 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • fuck that. who's gonna pay my bills if i'm quarantined?
    julie.r0cks

    Answer by julie.r0cks at 3:03 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • If it's anything like the Spanish flu of 1918 then YES. Being stuck in my home for a while is NOTHING if it means lives are saved. I would find ways to get what we need without putting the rest of the world in danger. Effective quarantines could have saved countless lives in that pandemic.

    I don't think this outbreak is anything like that one, but if it turns out that way, then I'm all for taking personal responsibility and complying with quarantines.
    Collinsky

    Answer by Collinsky at 3:15 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • I agree with Collinsky... I think we need to see what the severity of this virus is going to be. There are different flu strains... the pandemic of 1918 was a bad strain which caused millions of deaths worldwide, whereas the pandemic of 1968 was relatively mild with no more deaths than a typical flu season. In the case of a bad pandemic, we need to take personal responsibility (like self quarantine) to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
    I need to grocery shop anyhow today, and I plan to buy more non-perishable items than I would usually buy, so that in the event of an outbreak in my area I will have the option to postpone trips to the grocery store for an extra week or two. We may be eating a lot of spaghetti and tomato sauce, but at least we will have something to eat if we decide to stay home and batten down the hatches for awhile!
    Freela

    Answer by Freela at 7:41 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • I would think not only will you be asked to stay in a confined space, but your contacts will also, and you may get a bill from the state health dept. for disinfecting your home by people in white suits and face masks.
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:22 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • This is exactly why they need to stop giving "flu" vaccines. Flu strains mutate every year and become even more harmful because they try to get around the vaccine that is meant to kill them. Flu strains have minds of their own and become stronger and harder to kill! Maybe if they had never started the campaign of "Go get your flu vaccine" this wouldn't be bad for people. Their bodies could fight it off, naturally. Anyways, that my opinion :o)
    cozgrl05

    Answer by cozgrl05 at 8:39 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • EVERYBODY PANIC!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:49 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • Flu strains have minds of their own

    You have got to be kidding! Viruses now have minds.......it's obvious some people don't!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

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