Quarantine is the isolation of people who either have a contagious disease or have ben exposed to one, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.
But what are the sounds we might associate with any of these diseases? These old boxes, decorated with cyanotype print fabrics have been stuffed full of ceramic viruses. Each box has a QR Code attached which release particular sounds.
Different theories of how diseases are transmitted have been created according the information available at any one time. The theories started with the Divine Judgement and went on from their accordingly.
Hundreds of years’ ago epidemics were probably rare but they became terrifying events once populations increased. At that time people believed in magical or religious explanations of disease sent by the gods as a punishment.
A pathological state of the atmosphere was associated with infectious disease and this became the Miasma theory. It was believed that the air was contaminated with poisonous vapours or miasmas produced by and a person could become infected when miasmas invaded the body.
In 1862 the French chemist Louis Pasteur proposed a germ theory of disease which stated that micro-organisms are the cause of disease. But finally it was Robert Koch who developed the criteria and procedures necessary to establish that a particular microbe and no other cause a particular disease.
QR Code: Spin me right round – song by Dead or Alive
The Web of Causation is a popular modern metaphor used in public health for the theory of sequential and linked multiples causes of disease. The web of causation is caused by our non-stop world of endless travel and contact.