This ebola disease is our October surprise, even if it is no good to any political party. I see it as having huge unknowns. And I have to say I am not thinking too positively of wanting to get on an airplane, so I guess you could say I am mini panicked.
Staying away from certain places and crowds when I was a child on very hot days was my Mother's protection against Polio. When I got measles in about third grade, someone from the county came out to the house and placed a sheet of paper on the door saying, that the house was infected with measles. I am pretty sure the word quarantine was used. Measles was not a small deal especially for boys who could become infertile. It was hell for a mother who somehow had to arrange to get to the grocery store. Although in those days, mothers tried to expose their girls to three day measles so they would not get it before they became pregnant.
Quarantine is a very old concept.