White House Presses States to Reconsider Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders
From the article:
The Obama administration has expressed deep concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey and is consulting with them to modify their orders to quarantine medical volunteers returning from West Africa as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers, according to two senior administration officials.
Now that Obama has done what amounts to nothing, he want’s to pull rank on those who do.
Your plan…..Mr. President, is that from the beginning…you had NO plan. Nothing, nada, zip. You refused to act in the public’s best interest. You could have done something to calm those who fear getting the disease. And a mandatory quarantine was your best bet. But you couldn’t, or wouldn’t do that. Now someone else has the ball and is running with it. Badly, I might add…but at least they are doing something.
Those who can….DO! (And those who didn’t….sit on the sidelines.)
Certainly, the hospital in New York has also dropped the ball in the meager planning they have done to house nurse, Kaci Hickox. for the duration of her quarantine.
According to this article she is seeking her “early” release from quarantine based on the fact that “at this moment” she is symptom free. But what about tomorrow and the day after that….? From what I’ve read there is a 2 -21 day incubation period.
Where is the guarantee…that now that she’s tested negative, she will remain that way? There have been those who have had no symptoms…..until they do, of course. And in that case, would I want to be on a plane or, on a bus with her? Nope. We all understand, it’s nothing personal.
I guess the question is…..should the public’s right for safety be trampled for one person? Of Ms. Hickoxs’ own free will, SHE decided to go to Africa and put herself in harm’s way. I truly don’t want to downplay her sacrifice. It is unfortunate that she is caught in the middle.
In my opinion, quarantine is not punishment but a necessary precaution. Kaci’s accommodations should be better, no doubt about it. So, get moving New York! I know you can do better than what you’ve done so far.
I think it would be smart for each state to outfit a facility (or, several) “NOW” to deal with this problem. Can we afford to wait? Time doesn’t seem to be on our side, does it?