Nurse Kaci Hickox was recently placed in quarantine for Ebola after leaving Sierra Leone checking into New Jersey Airport It started by being questioned by officials and later being placed in an isolation tent. Hickox wants to file lawsuit because she feels her limitations as a citizen has been violated. By not having any symptoms or tested positive, her incarceration created a lot of questions for civil liberties.
According to her lawyer Norman Siegel, a civil rights lawyer stated, “We’re not going to dispute that the government has, under certain circumstances, the right to issue a quarantine, but the policy is overly broad when applied to her.” Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio also heard how nurses were being brutalized by the city such as people refusing to serve them food. Illinois is even on board of placing quarantines. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated,
“The best way to protect us is to stop the epidemic in Africa, and we need those health care workers so we do not want to put them in a position where it makes it very, very uncomfortable for them to even volunteer to go.”
Ebola has killed 10,000 people diagnosed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea despite the numbers could be higher.
Nurse Hickox fear care workers will be identified as prisoners other than people who are just trying to help.
In my opinion, I believe the spread of Ebola is getting out of control due to news media. Between the stories reported about the disease and how the media delivers the information to the audience I can see why states are being very protective. However it is no excuse to look over the actual facts and way of receiving the disease. It is similar to how most people feel about someone they know who have AIDS but are not familiar with the facts. Therefore we place isolation much like quarantines just to be safe. I believe Kaci Hickox has a fair case on her hands and I’m curious to know how it turns out.