Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?

(Posted 3/10/20):  Quarantine of well persons and isolation of ill persons is a critical component of disease containment strategies. For over a month, the CDC has been identifying travelers at risk for COVID-19 and has been providing that information to public health departments for voluntary monitoring, quarantine and isolation. Under these conditions, there have been specific mechanisms put in place to ensure that those under monitoring are able to receive needed goods and services safely. While the recommendation to stay home when sick will remain critical guidance, whether similar formal isolation and quarantine agreements would be recommended in the event of a confirmed case not associated with travel would depend on whether these actions would continue to help protect the public or whether by that time the disease was already widespread.

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1. What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?
2. What should someone do if they are ill?
3. Why won’t the county tell us where the people who have tested positive have been in our community? Shouldn’t we know so we can protect ourselves?
4. What is social distancing?
5. What should someone do if their provider will not see them?
6. Would you recommend advising the public against attending any public events, such as sporting events or high school graduations or political rallies or even public hearings before the Board?
7. Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?
8. Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?
9. What is your advice on the effectiveness of different kinds of face masks for these two purposes - avoiding catching the virus and avoiding transmitting the virus?
10. The Chinese CDC has published a report on the different mortality rates facing those who contract the virus, based on their age group and gender. Is the Chinese study credible, in your opinion?
11. What about the CDC suggestion that seniors refill their prescriptions as a precaution? I followed that advice and the prescriptions were denied by my insurance.
12. Some companies have implemented travel restrictions for their employees. Have you reached out to the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to suggest their member businesses limit employee travel?
13. What procedures are already being taken in schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings to ensure cleanliness and disinfecting to lower the spread?
14. How long can COVID-19 lay dormant in one’s body?
15. Have you reached out to Loudoun Water and the towns’ utility departments and to the trash collection companies to see what their preparedness levels are?
16. Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?
17. Is a person who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 legally required to self-quarantine?
18. What are the effects on pregnant women? Should they do more to avoid social settings, is there greater risk to an unborn child?
19. When a person is identified as having COVID-19 in Loudoun, how are the interactions of the infected individual traced? Who does the tracking in Loudoun County?
20. Can you only spread this when you have symptoms?