According to History
The practice of quarantine as we know it, began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics.
Sitting At Anchor
Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. The word was derived from the Italian words quaranta giorni which mean 40 days.
MORE HISTORY TO COME!
For now, learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/historyquarantine.html
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