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Don’t Touch Your Face

Don’t Touch Your Face: Surviving Self-Isolation

A student in a protective mask peers out of the window of a quarantined building at the St. Petersburg Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 5.
A student in a protective mask peers out of the window of a quarantined building at the St. Petersburg Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 5. Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On today’s podcast: We look at how countries and individuals are turning to quarantine in a bid to slow the coronavirus.

China enacted the biggest quarantine the world has ever seen to limit the spread of the coronavirus. At its peak, over 700 million people there were under some kind of travel restriction. 

As the virus picks up pace elsewhere in the world, Italy has imposed a nationwide lock-own, while Israel is requiring everyone arriving in the country to self-quarantine for 14 days. In New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that a containment zone was to be created in New Rochelle, the epicenter of the state’s outbreak. 

On Today’s episode, Foreign Policy’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon take a look at how to prepare for the prospect of self-isolation and they speak with journalist Lauren Teixeira, who has gone through two weeks of self-isolation not once, but twice. 

Send in your questions or comments about the show: donttouchyourface@foreignpolicy.com

And remember, wash your hands and don’t touch your face.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to donttouchyourface@foreignpolicy.com.  See All Episodes

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