This passage from Hot Air sums up the current administration-friendly rhetoric over Ebola and quarantines nicely. Short version: the nurse who went overseas to treat Ebola patients, came back, had a fever, got isolated while they tested her, was released to Maine, and announced that she would be the judge of her own quarantining has just been told by Maine officials that no, they will be the judges. In other words, it’s only going to be voluntary if the volunteer volunteers. Hot Air is exasperated about the right thing, here:
In fact, there seems to be little that the administration and their media surrogates can agree on except for four things:
1. Chris Christie is a terrible person and we shouldn’t do anything he says.
2. Mandatory quarantines are insulting and bad for America.
3. We obviously need to go ahead and do exactly what Christie put in place.
4. But under no circumstances should we call it a mandatory quarantine.
And let me be blunt, for the record: if you went to West Africa to treat Ebola patients, thank you very much. I mean that, sincerely. Good job. Now go get into quarantine. Because – again, bluntly – at this point I don’t really trust medical personnel to make smart decisions about their own health circumstances. And forgive me for saying this*, but I have good reasons for that. (more…)