Kaci Hickox, a nurse no less, riding a bicycle and flaunting the fact that she's ignoring quarantine orders over Ebola fears. Hickox, 33, flew home from West Africa last week after spending more than a month caring for victims of the deadly Ebola virus as part of Doctors Without Borders.
She was detained at the Newark airport for seven hours after a temperature reading indicated fever. She's come under fire from the state of Maine for refusing to comply with a voluntary in-home quarantine.
I understand the conditions at the airport holding area "were deplorable", no running water, no flushable toilets, etc., but I don't understand the obstinance of someone who knows the vagaries of this disease. There are too many unknowns to take chances like this....and, in my opinion, where there is doubt, an abundance of caution should be taken.
This is what comes up when you Google, "How long does it take for Ebola symptoms to appear?"
2 to 21 daysSymptoms of Ebola virus disease. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
I applaud and admire anyone going into these countries helping the poor and supplying aid to those in need, but I think they should be warned by our government that traveling to these countries, where Ebola is present and helping Ebola patients, will (and should) restrict entry back into the U.S., especially when symptoms are present.
I know of heroes. Let's talk about our soldiers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered that all U.S. troops who deploy to West Africa as part of the force assisting in the Ebola virus crisis be put in "quarantine-like monitoring" for 21 days "even though NONE are expected to treat patients directly." I haven't heard of any defiance from this sector.
Now this is my definition of heroes, not someone potentially putting others at risk like Nurse Hickox.
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