A nurse who was placed in an isolation unit in New Jersey following her return from Sierra Leone has castigated the government for forcing her into a quarantine tent for fear of Ebola, most especially when it became evident that her own state of Maine was planning to also quarantine her after her release from isolation in New Jersey. Nurse Kaci Hickox works for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, and was forced into isolation on landing in New Jersey for monitoring for signs of Ebola, and is quite bitter at the fact that the government must force everyone returning from West Africa into mandatory quarantine units.
Although the US federal government is against forcing everyone that returns from West Africa into mandatory confinement for Ebola monitoring, the state governor of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has given strict orders that people must be quarantined – citing that it was the government’s job to protect public health and safety.
But Nurse Kaci Hickox thinks otherwise, and kicks against imposing mandatory quarantines on returnees from West Africa.
“When Governor Christie stated that it was an abundance of caution, which is his reasoning for putting health care workers in a sort of quarantine for three weeks, it was really an abundance of politics. And I think all of the scientific and medical and public health community agrees with me on that statement.” she said.
Although a judge in Maine had come to her rescue and ordered that Hickox must not be quarantined again in the state following her mandatory three-week observation in New Jersey, the judge has however asked the nurse to closely monitor her health and plan out any travel objectives with health officials.
Kaci Hickox however begs for her partner, Ted Wilbur, who had had contact with her to be allowed to go back to school, while also promising that she would avoid crowds and be cautious of her contact with people. She states that “we know a lot about Ebola,” Hickox told the NBC’s Meet the Press. “We know that it’s not transmitted from someone who is asymptomatic, as I am and many other aid workers will be when they return.
“I understand that the community has been through a lot in the past week and I do, you know, apologize to them for that. I will not go into town, into crowded public places …but on the other hand, you know, my partner is currently in nursing school and there is definitely zero scientific evidence that says he shouldn’t be allowed to return to his campus on Monday.”