Quarantine packs a punch psychologically: review

The effects can include long-lasting low mood and post-traumatic stress, say researchers
Clare Pain

Psychological harm from being quarantined can last for years, with some evidence that healthcare workers are at particular risk, say psychologists who have conducted a rapid review of the literature.

The researchers, from Kings College London in the UK, examined 23 studies of quarantine enforced during the SARS, MERS, H1N1 influenza, Ebola and Australian equine influenza epidemics.