New England Journal Of Medicine On Ebola Quarantines
The New England Journal of Medicine is out with an editorial on the Ebola quarantines that’s worth a read, here’s the money quote:
In the end, the calculus is simple, and we think the governors have it wrong. The health care workers returning from West Africa have been helping others and helping to end the epidemic that has killed thousands of people and scared millions. At this point the public does need assurances that returning workers will have their temperatures and health status monitored according to a set, documented protocol. In the unlikely event that they become febrile, they can follow the example of Craig Spencer, the physician from New York who alerted public health officials of his fever. As we continue to learn more about this virus, its transmission, and associated illness, we must continue to revisit our approach to its control and treatment. We should be guided by the science and not the tremendous fear that this virus evokes.
As the old blogosphere saying goes, read the whole thing, especially since it isn’t very long.