Humans headed to the ISS go into quarantine for 2 weeks before launch, and if they have medical problems during that time the backup crew takes over.
Was this procedure also applied when going to the Mir space station? (And was the duration 2 weeks like for the ISS?)
Mir became somewhat infested with microbes and the like and had quite a bad smell.
Would some of this have been avoided with (longer?) quarantines before launch?