Pods, Bubbles, Displacement and Togetherness: Vernacular Concepts of Quarantine and Lessons for Pandemic Policy

Diane E. Goldstein (Indiana University, emerita)

In March of 2020, as Americans faced shelter in place orders, many struggled with the implications of lockdown in homes that presented insecure situations. The problems of quarantine were obvious immediately to those who could not go home and those who feared isolation. Shelter in place policies immediately affected the homeless or those precariously housed, those who lived with domestic abusers, and essential workers who feared carrying the virus home. This paper explores the potential of vernacular responses to quarantine housing situations for the development of future public health policy.

Part of 09-07 Vernacular Responses to COVID, Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm