The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered people who have been exposed to Ebola patients to go into mandatory quarantine upon entering the US, decoupling local precautions on Ebola from lax CDC and Federal guidelines.
The quarantine order comes after a doctor working for Doctors Without Border (MSF) in west Africa tested positive for the Ebola virus in New York creating a scare. The quarantine order also comes just two weeks before a major pandemic emergency exercise centered around the New York area has been scheduled.
The activities of MSF doctor Craig Spencer before he reported Ebola symptoms and went to hospital have highlighted once more how lax protocols on self monitoring are putting the public in jeopardy.
Spencer’s refusal to take actions to protect others from infection and adhere to common sense rules on self quarantining after a high exposure to Ebola raise questions about his professional standards and medical ethics. Consideration must surely now be given to striking medical personnel who willfully act so as to increase the likelihood of spreading Ebola in their home countries off the register because for other medical personnel returning from west Africa to repeat his conduct is unacceptable.
Cuomo said the quarantine rules would apply to those entering the US through John F Kennedy airport.
“Mr Christie, a Republican, said he and Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, had decided to take action because the federal guidelines were not strict enough. “We are no longer relying on C.D.C. standards,” he said, referring to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The C.D.C., in a terse statement, said that it would make its decisions based on the best available science but that the states were within their legal rights to institute the measures
Officials from New York and New Jersey said they were still working out many details, including where people would be quarantined, how the quarantine would be enforced and how they would handle travelers who do not live in either of those states.
The mandatory quarantine for nonsymptomatic travelers will last 21 days, the longest documented period it has taken for an infected person to show symptoms of the disease.”
The Obama administration and CDC have endangered the entire US population by their failure to adhere to biosecurity level 4 rules in handling Ebola cases.
They have also refused to institute a travel ban from Ebola nations.
Given the real threat that Ebola will be allowed to enter and spread throughout the USA, the decision by the governors of New York and New Jersey to introduce mandatory quarantine independently of the CDC and the Federal Government is to be cautiously welcomed.
Steps to stop the spread of Ebola before it triggers martial law, FEMA camps and vaccination are needed.
A mandatory “quarantine” was needed in Nigeria to stop Ebola spreading in its early stages. Nigeria is now Ebola free.
That said, we saw how Texas Governor Rick Perry formed an Ebola Task Force amid media hype, which, however, took no concrete steps to stop the spread of Ebola or correct flawed CDC protocols.
People who had a high exposure to Ebola were allowed by the CDC and Texas Ebola Task Force to travel on planes and cruise ships. Nurses and relatives apparently had to ask Dallas county for places to self quarantine and were offered, it seems, only lodgings in private apartment blocs if anything.
After the Ebola fiasco in Texas, there can be no doubt that Perry is a Bilderberger, a showman and a Globalist like both George Bush Senior and Junior.
We have to hope Governors Cuomo and Christie really do want to stop the spread of Ebola early on and really do not want to see the USA turned into one giant FEMA camp with smoking crematorium chimneys.
More than just hope, it is imperative for citizens to be vigilant, question their elected representatives and make them accountable. A quarantine represents a significant threat to our civil liberties and can only be applied in absolutely necessary cases under constant public scrutiny to avoid abuse.