Having been burned to the ground by the CDC’s lack of candor, duplicity, and incompetence, New York Governor Mario Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Christ Christie in joining Texas Governor Rick Perry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in showing leadership that no political or health care leader in the federal government has shown. (UPDATE: I wrote this around 4pm yesterday. This was before Cuomo folded like a cheap suit under pressure from Obama and I saw the announcement that Illinois had joined the quarantine program.)
Reacting to the laissez faire attitude Ebola by a medical doctor who should have known better, Cuomo and Christie have enacted quarantine procedures for some travelers from countries with Ebola outbreaks:
The governors of New Jersey and New York said Friday they are ordering a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa.
The move came after a New York City doctor who returned to the U.S. a week ago from treating Ebola victims in Guinea was diagnosed with the lethal disease.
Many New Yorkers and others were dismayed to learn that in the week before he was hospitalized, Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant.
Predictably, the people who have largely created the near panic atmosphere over Ebola are against the quarantine :
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday the mandatory quarantine for health workers returning to the United States from Ebola-stricken regions of West Africa is not “based on scientific data.”
“As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked, I would not have recommended that,” Fauci said Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.”
In light of the Spencer case, it is hard to see why this is even an item of contention. Ever since some obscure Greek composed a code for physicians the first principle of medicine has been “do no harm.” In response, Governor Chrisite said:
Christie defended his decision and those of the other states on “Fox News Sunday.” He pointed to experience with an NBC News crew that broke a voluntary self-quaratine after one of its cameramen came down with the virus.
“I have great respect for Dr. Fauci, but what he’s counting on is a voluntary system with folks who may or may not …read more