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Yahoo News: "Quarantine a long-used technique in public health"

Yahoo News interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health epidemiologist Dr. Robert Kim-Farley for a story on the release from quarantine of 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, who had spent the past two weeks in quarantine at a Riverside County air force base. 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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This week has been a welcome homecoming for 195 people evacuated from Wuhan, China, who had spent the past two weeks in quarantine in Riverside, Calif., being tested for the novel coronavirus (now officially named COVID-19) under the order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Riverside County public health officer announced on Monday that no one in the group — many of whom work for the U.S. State Department or are related to someone who does — had tested positive for the virus and that as of Tuesday, they were free to leave the March Air Reserve Base, where they had been quarantined since Jan. 29.

One of the evacuees sent a thrilled selfie video to Yahoo Lifestyle as he made his way out the door. “Today is the last day, we’re heading home,” Jarred Evans, a 27-year-old quarterback for the Chinese National Football League's Wuhan Berserkers said, adding, “We’re all free now! We’ve graduated.” He then thanked the CDC and state officials for “doing an amazing job.”

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