183) The issue is not in quarantining
people, but in setting unreasonable quarantine periods.
However, because the effect of the legislation will be so limited, the statute is little more than a political gesture and money put into quarantining
a few individuals could be used more efficiently for programs such as education which might decrease transmission across the board.
Screening and quarantining
entering travelers at international borders did not substantially delay virus introduction in past pandemics, except in some island countries, and will likely be even less effective in the modern era.
Scientifically based knowledge about the causes and transmission of specific diseases was just beginning to emerge and the colonial government endeavoured to protect Sydney's residents by quarantining
any ship entering the port that had an infectious disease on board or had called at an infected port.
Quite simply, isolating individuals and families or quarantining
entire communities did not work" (6,21,22).