To quarantine or not to quarantine — that is the question.
On Sunday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his state's recently announced mandatory quarantine for health workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West Africa.
“I think the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] eventually will come around to our point of view on this,” Christie told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. “I don’t believe when you’re dealing with something as serious as this that we can count on a voluntary system. This is government’s job. If anything else, the government job is to protect safety and health of our citizens. And so, we’ve taken this action and I absolutely have no second thoughts about it. …I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later.”
Christie was unswayed by the argument that a mandatory quarantine could keep health workers from traveling to Africa to help fight the outbreak at its source.
What did Kaci Hickox, the nurse who has been criticizing her treatment under the New Jersey quarantine, have to say about Christie's remarks?
Responding to Christie'a assertion that she was "obviously ill," Hickox slammed the governor, saying, "I'm sorry, but that's just a completely unacceptable statement in my opinion. For him -- a politician who's trusted and respected -- to make a statement that's categorically not true is just unacceptable and appalling," Hickox told Elizabeth Cohen, CNN's senior medical correspondent, in a Sunday interview.
Hickox may believe that her "basic human rights have been violated" by the government-enforced quarantine, but on Twitter Sunday morning, many people expressed their gratitude that she was being quarantined following her return from West Africa.
@cnnbrk most excellent . Mine have been protected...— darrelanderson (@darrelanderson) October 26, 2014
Some people implied that Hickox was thinking selfishly about the risks involved with Ebola...
@cnnbrk she is an idiot...she of all people should understand— Shizzy (@Shizzy76) October 26, 2014
...while a few noted that she had tested negative for the virus.
Many others deployed some variation of the word "b***h" to describe the nurse.
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