Sadly, the warnings by
we few, we Dirty Fucking Hippies infectious disease and public health experts were not heeded (boldface mine):
Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak are creating a “chilling effect” on aid work there, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday….
“There is rising anxiety and confusion among MSF staff members in the field over what they may face when they return home upon completion of their assignments in West Africa,” Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders in the United States, said in a statement emailed to Reuters….
Some MSF workers have been delaying their returns to the United States and are staying in Europe for 21 days, Ebola’s maximum incubation period, “in order to avoid facing rising stigmatization at home and possible quarantine,” Delaunay said.
As a result, MSF is discussing whether to shorten some Ebola assignments from their current duration of four to six weeks. Aid workers typically begin and end their assignments in Brussels, the Belgian capital, a spokesman said.
“Some people are being discouraged by their families from returning to the field,” Delaunay said….
Delaunay’s comments on Thursday are the most substantive criticism of the rules since they were announced, suggesting they are eroding MSF’s manpower and forcing American workers into temporary exile.
MSF says the policies have also created a misperception that healthcare workers are endangering the public, even though a person who does not have symptoms cannot spread the virus…
Delaunay, the MSF director, also said there were fears among its non-American workers that other countries may follow the example set by some U.S. states.
All because of non-existent, imaginary fears. This was not only predictable but predicted.
Well done, assholes.