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Think Tank talks to man quarantined in Spain plus census expert

Groceries, cleaning supplies, prescription medicine, and other items are shown on the front porch of the home of Bob and Pat McCauley, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. The items were left by their daughter, who is avoiding close contact with her parents since they began being self-quarantined in their home during the past week due to having visited friends at the Life Care Center nursing home -- which has become the epicenter of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washington state -- several times in February. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

What is it actually like to be physically quarantined with the coronavirus? We speak with someone quarantined in Spain. And what is the real deal on the census? We speak with a former director of the U.S. Census.

Mike Sweeney was on vacation in Spain when he was diagnosed with the coronavirus. He was, and still is, quarantined there. We call him and get a first-hand account of his experiences: How was his virus discovered, what did Spanish health authorities do once it was discovered, how has the disease impacted him, and what has his life been like in actual physical quarantine?

Most of us got Census notices this week. Why should we respond? Are responses confidential? Who will see our responses? What is the data used for? Our second guest, John Thompson, had a 30-year career with the U.S. Census and was director from 2013 until 2017. He answers the above questions and more, including how people in quarantine like Sweeney will be counted.

The Think Tank airs on KTAR 92.3 FM on Saturdays 3-4 p.m. and repeats Sundays 9-10 p.m.

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