Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 2009
New York : According to the CDC, the following states have implemented legal actions in response to the H1N1 virus:
Florida – the Florida surgeon general suspended distribution permit requirements Florida statutes to allow wholesale distribution of Tamiflu and Relenza. The state has also distributed a series of blank quarantine order forms, including a voluntary home quarantine agreement , a quarantine to residence order , a quarantine to residence order (non-compliance) , a quarantine to facility order , quarantine detention order , quarantine of facility order , building quarantine closure order  and area quarantine closure order .
Massachusetts – Massachusetts lists its own procedures for isolation and quarantine .
North Carolina – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a draft isolation order  that would provide for imprisonment for up to two years and pretrial detention without bail for any citizen who fails to comply with an isolation order.
Washington – Washington grants authority to local health officers to issue emergency detention orders  causing citizens to be immediately and involuntarily isolated or quarantined for up to 10 days.
Clearly this has nothing to do with public health and the qualitative ethical practice of medicine. What about all the people who already had swine flu? Those people, who have already built natural immunity, if forced to quarantine in close quarters with a bunch of other people who may have other types of infectious diseases such as seasonal flu, etc., then become exposed to other infectious diseases and are at greater health risk. This seems like a great plan to help SPREAD whatever disease(s) they want to spread!