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I have civil rights too. I support mandatory quarantine.

It was reported that Kaci Hickox a nurse on assignment with Doctors without borders was placed in quarantine, even though she did not exhibit symptoms. From the coverage she is not too happy about that.

Great! Way to go Christie. This is the first intelligent and most effective government action taken to quell the “hysteria” towards people exposed to Ebola entering this country.

Of course one person’s hysteria is another persons common sense. After weeks of being told it can’t happen, and if it did we are prepared, and other credibility destroying comments by government officials in Washington, the governors of New Jersey, New York and Illinois have imposed a mandatory quarantine. This is action that will insure that well meaning medical professionals who travel to Ebola stricken countries to volunteer to ease the suffering of the dying and work to stop the spread at the source do not carelessly introduce it to America.

 

I had spent a month watching children die, alone. I had witnessed human tragedy unfold before my eyes. I had tried to help when much of the world has looked on and done nothing. – ——- Kacy Hickox in the Dallas News

What does that mean? She comes home expected a medal? You have to question if her motives are truly altruistic when her complaints are very selfish. It is not unreasonable for someone that spends a month caring for dying children from a highly contagious deadly disease to be officially treated with caution. That’s simple common sense. And if what motivated Hickox was truly an altruistic desire to help, then she should see this quarantine as an extension of that commitment for the benefit of her fellow Americans.

I recalled my last night at the Ebola management center in Sierra Leone. I was called in at midnight because a 10-year-old girl was having seizures. I coaxed crushed tablets of Tylenol and an anti-seizure medicine into her mouth as her body jolted in the bed.

It was the hardest night of my life. I watched a young girl die in a tent, away from her family.

With few resources and no treatment for Ebola, we tried to offer our patients dignity and humanity in the face of their immense suffering. —  Dallas News

Read that carefully, tell me if that sounds as if she put safety first? Certainly she did her best to provide comfort to these unfortunate children. Now she can do her part to comfort her fellow Americans and end the hysteria surrounding the return of medical professionals that can be directly attributed to the behavior of their own colleagues. She can thank Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Dr. Craig Spencer.

Snyderman carelessly violated a voluntary quarantine and Spencer failed the common sense test.  Both exposed many people to the illness. While these professionals voluntarily put themselves at risks, at least in Spencer’s case, the rest of us did not. While these professionals believe that the education and resources available to them means they can handle any risks associated with exposure, the rest of us would prefer not to be exposed and take those risks. Besides the obvious concern that someone could be infected and the disease spread exponentially, there is also unnecessary expenditure of resources and money in the effort to identify everyone exposed to the disease by these careless medical professionals, then to  contact them and monitor them. Not only is this an unnecessary waste of money and manpower, it risks exposing the people involved to the disease itself needlessly. If is far easier, safer and less costly to keep people like Hickox confined for a few weeks upon return. It is good business sense. It is good government practice.

It is unfortunate for Hickox that while the brave thing she did should be highly regarded by her colleagues it appears to a many people as simply an unnecessary risk. Hickox is a risk taker, her attitude that she should not be treated as anything but a hero, shows a callus disregard for the rest of us. That she is upset that we don’t trust her isn’t helped by her attitude. She volunteered to do this. The rest of us did not. She volunteered to put her life at risk to help the young girl. The other 300 million or so of us did not. She has a problem with proving she is free of this disease.

That is not my problem.

According to MSF such quarantines could make recruiting volunteers for this hazardous mission more difficult

Doctors Without Borders, known internationally as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has warned against a mandatory quarantine on medics returning from Ebola-stricken countries, saying it would be an “excessive measure”. — Dallas News

That is not my problem.

MSF will simply have to explain that the conscientious  volunteer must also recognize the needs of their home country to take action to prevent the spread of the disease there upon their return. It is the right thing to do to comply with these measures.

The credibility gap created by the failures of the Affordable Health Care act, and the roll out of the Exchanges leaves most people with a skepticism towards the health care industry as well. Nancy Silverman, Craig Spencer, the entire episode involving the health care workers treating Thomas Duncan, the two nurses who became infected, and the effort to spin the news, rather than take decisive action has convinced many people that the health care industry, the CDC and the Washington government can’t be trusted to protect Americans from medical practitioners returning from Ebola stricken countries unless those medical practitioners can be trusted individually. And so far, the record shows that they cannot be trusted individually. Hickox complaints add to this impression. This is unfortunate for Hickox.

That is not my problem.

I have civil rights too,and I did not volunteer to be exposed to Ebola. I expect my government to insure that people who volunteer to take extraordinary risks with their own lives do not cause irreparable harm upon their return.