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Crazy to Cave In to Nurse Over Quarantine

By Friday, 31 October 2014 10:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Ebola is here to stay. But not because it is an efficient killer. It’s much more basic. Ebola will thrive because it’s being enabled by America’s Big Three diseases: Arrogance, Incompetence, and Entitlement.
Yet we won’t use the antidote of common sense and intestinal fortitude because we deny that we are the problem.
To illustrate, look at the recent mind-blowing developments giving Ebola a foothold:
1) Nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Africa, registered a fever at Newark airport. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie placed her under the state’s mandatory quarantine. But she threatened to sue. Her confinement was inhumane, and her civil rights violated! Oh the horror of keeping the public safe!
But rather than standing his ground, Christie released her into America’s most densely populated region so she could go home to Maine. And what a shocker: she is defying her quarantine order, riding a bike, and frolicking in public.
“I will go to court to attain my freedom,” Hickox says.
Grow up, Kaci. First, you are free. If you don’t believe it, visit Cuba. Second, since we still don’t know what we’re dealing with, quarantine is part of the gig. If people don’t like that, they don’t have to go to Africa.
We have no idea if Ebola is lurking in her system, since its incubation period is (usually) 21 days or less. If it slowly manifests itself while Hickox is in public, she could infect others, thus the absolute need for quarantine. What part of this can’t she understand?
It’s not without irony that Hickox helps those abroad, but shows little regard for her neighbors, potentially putting them at risk of contracting the same disease she battled.
2) Christie should not have discharged her. He claims he didn’t buckle under pressure, but that’s clearly what he did. In his first true presidential-caliber test, Christie failed.
3) Dr. Bruce Beutler, a Nobel Prize-winning immunologist and geneticist, doesn’t think Christie is being strict enough. “I favor (the quarantine) . . . it may not be absolutely true that those without symptoms can’t transmit the disease.” And given a recent study (backed by the World Health Organization) showing that 13 percent of Ebola-infected people never exhibit a fever, that should be all the science we need for instituting quarantines.
4) Kaci’s attitude isn’t surprising. We Americans have come to believe we are entitled to everything, and cry that we’re “bullied” anytime someone advocates personal accountability. The “I-deserve-what-I-want, when-I-want-it” mentality has decimated common sense and respect for others.
And let’s not forget Dr. Craig Spencer in New York, who, after working with Ebola patients, ignored self-quarantine and lied about riding subways, dining out, and bowling, then developed Ebola. Who picks up the tab for the decontamination costs in Dr. Spencer’s case? Shouldn’t he be liable for his actions?
One of the first things taught in medical school is that patients lie. We should assume the same for healthcare workers, since, as Dr. Beutler correctly stated, some “behave very irresponsibly.” If medical professionals can’t be trusted, how can Ebola be contained?
5) If a healthcare worker breaks quarantine and transmits Ebola to someone who dies, should that person be charged with manslaughter? Absolutely.
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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