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  • Jake

    As best as I can tell from the official reports, Ebola tests will show a negative result during the 21 day incubation period. So there is no way to rule out that someone who has contacted Ebola has it until the incubation period is passed and the virus is established and contagious. It seems to be that a 21 day mandatory quarantine is a very reasonable course of action. I could respect a quarantine at home if it were enforceable (meaning individuals are tested negative and allowed to transport home in a private vehicle), but given how nurse Kaci Hickox is flaunting very reasonable protocols I don’t think it would work.

  • wodun

    Or the doctor who claimed to have self isolated but was really riding every subway in NYC. Sure, hard to transmit but when you have millions of possible encounters, the probabilities change.

  • Jake

    Last week the CDC said you can’t get ebola riding on a bus and sitting next to someone who has it. Today they said you can get it if someone who has it sneezes on you:

    When will the federal government put medical science ahead of politics?

  • Edward

    Nurse Kaci Hickox may have been a hero when she was risking her life treating Ebola patients, but she shows disrespect for Americans when she roams among us at risk of becoming, at any moment, a “Typhoid Mary.”

    We can only hope that she is not infected and will not become sick, both for her sake but also for ours.

    The problem is not so much that she might spread the disease, but should she become sick, then as with all the other cases, fear will spread and precious resources will be expended tracking down those with whom she has come in contact. Businesses and schools may be closed down, multiple places (not just her home) will be cleansed, and her boyfriend will be subjected to quarantine — heaven forbid that he refuse, as she has done.

    She may have been a hero, but in my book she has become a goat for portraying such poor citizenship, just as Dr. Spencer did. These people should not only set a good example, but they — of all people in America — know first hand what happens to people who contract Ebola. And they are willing to risk infecting others for their own personal comfort and convenience — both of which they were willing to give up for strangers in a foreign land.

    The chances of spread may be low per encounter, but add up all the other irresponsible returning doctors (I hope it is limited to only those two, but the history of those previously under voluntary home quarantine shows otherwise) and all of their contacts, and we are likely to end up with more infected Americans, each of whom has a lot of contacts to increase the spread. Isn’t that how it spread in Africa in the first place?

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