The new Ebola battle isn’t between health care workers and the disease itself, but between the federal government and the states.
The Obama Administration is pushing New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind their mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone arriving from West Africa who has had contact with Ebola patients. Their quarantine announcement took the feds (and New York City) by surprise.
Meanwhile, Illinois and Florida have joined the quarantine.
Good luck getting Christie or Cuomo to budge. Christie is running for president and can’t be seen as caving to Obama. Cuomo is up for re-election in a week and can’t be seen as weak and indecisive, as pushed by Christie and then pulled by Obama. He may also run for president, so he has to seem tough.
What about people arriving from Texas that have had contact with Ebola patients? What about people in George who work at Emory? Or the people at the hospital in Nebraska? Give it another week and every red state governor will do the same thing. One of these doctors or nurse that is coming back that is showing no symptoms will have to sue for false detention to get these governors to back off.