Tuesday, October 28, 2014
To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine
Health officials say no.
Politicians say yes, then get schooled and say no.
via daily kos:
New York Times:
Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York — fed panic by imposing a new policy of mandatory quarantines for all health care workers returning from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa through John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports. There is absolutely no public health justification for mandatory quarantines. [...]
Lost in this grandstanding was one essential point. The danger to the public in New York in the case of Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, was close to nonexistent. Health experts are virtually unanimous in declaring that people infected with the virus do not become contagious until after they develop a fever or other symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or severe headaches, at which time they need to be hospitalized and taken out of circulation.
The Washington Post:
The right answer is to protect the public without overreacting. Mistakes made in the Dallas hospital ought to be a warning and a lesson, and it seems to us that they are being taken as such. The decisions adopted by Maryland and Virginia on Monday — to screen and monitor those returning from the Ebola-stricken region of West Africa, and to ask some to stay home or away from public places — are prudent and reasonable. The experts have repeatedly explained that Ebola does not spread like the flu; transmission requires the transfer of bodily fluids. That’s the science. But emotions count, too.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The quarantines, while understandable, are likely to spread even more misinformation about the disease, which cannot be transmitted by anyone without symptoms. In New Jersey, the isolation was primitive and absurd -- a tent outside of a New Jersey hospital -- and the nurse who was quarantined, Kaci Hickox, who helped treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, rightly complained she had no symptoms. She has been released so that she can be monitored in Maine, her destination, which is the right response. [...]
Cuomo and Christie Catch Ebola Flak
Political hacks who spread misinformation say:
The left failed to contain the AIDS epidemic.
Political hacks and liars say:
The left is failing to contain the Ebola epidemic.
The Ebola Number You Haven't Heard: 80% Of U.S. Ebola Patients Have Survived
No American who has contracted ebola in the U.S. has died.
But political hacks and liars say:
They are incapable AND incompetent when it comes to public health and safety.
For gross stupidity and idiotic hackery, this comment from a nincompoop takes the medal of dishonor:
"Wanna know why the Democrats don't care about the ebola epidemic? It mostly kills women!"
Political hacks and liars turn a public health issue into a political one and stupidly place blame on a political faction. Those are the tactics of incendiary agitators and political operatives. They're meant to instill distrust, panic, and fear in the general population and keep people cowering under their beds.
Suggestion: Look at the facts, not their lies.