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    UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine | Ebola in Dallas: Stories, videos, photos, graphics and resources from The Dallas Morning News

    I am a nurse who has just returned to the U.S. after working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone - an Ebola-affected country. I have been quarantined in New Jersey. This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me.
    I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa. I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine.
    I arrived at the Newark Liberty International Airport around 1 p.m. on Friday, after a grueling two-day journey from Sierra Leone. I walked up to the immigration official at the airport and was greeted with a big smile and a “hello.”
    I told him that I have traveled from Sierra Leone and he replied, a little less enthusiastically: “No problem. They are probably going to ask you a few questions.”
    He put on gloves and a mask and called someone. Then he escorted me to the quarantine office a few yards away. I was told to sit down. Everyone that came out of the offices was hurrying from room to room in white protective coveralls, gloves, masks, and a disposable face shield.
    A demonstration of how totally unprepared we are for this sort of thing. Where was the protocol..........just consider the confusion of people running about like a chicken with its head cut off. Stupid.
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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

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    A demonstration of how totally unprepared we are for this sort of thing. Where was the protocol..........just consider the confusion of people running about like a chicken with its head cut off. Stupid.
    I think it's really as much as anything a timing issue. When emergency protocols are put in place, someone is going to get caught unawares in the early implementations. Now the global community knows that this is what will happen and it will smooth out as well.

    It's amazing how many just a day or two ago were screaming about closing the borders and flights from West Africa or anyone coming from West Africa, but somehow that wasn't going to put out anyone or inconvenience or be poorly handled? How bizarre, I guess so long as it happens over there, that inconvenience and frustration and having your life seemingly unfairly interrupted wouldn't have crossed anyone's radar.
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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

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    A demonstration of how totally unprepared we are for this sort of thing. Where was the protocol..........just consider the confusion of people running about like a chicken with its head cut off. Stupid.
    We tried voluntary quarantine for those that returned from helping people with Ebola in West Africa. That didn't work as was seen by the TV reporter that happened to be a doctor and the DWB doctor in NYC that went all over the place, including bowling and actually now has Ebola.

    It would be criminal for the government to not take reasonable actions to quarantine these people until it can be proven that they are not infected.

    Hell, we quarantine animals and food products from around the world coming here to the US every day. Why is it a bad idea to do the same for people that have in fact come in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa? To not do so would be decried by the masses, as is being done in the case of the NYC doctor.
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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I think it's really as much as anything a timing issue. When emergency protocols are put in place, someone is going to get caught unawares in the early implementations. Now the global community knows that this is what will happen and it will smooth out as well.

    It's amazing how many just a day or two ago were screaming about closing the borders and flights from West Africa or anyone coming from West Africa, but somehow that wasn't going to put out anyone or inconvenience or be poorly handled? How bizarre, I guess so long as it happens over there, that inconvenience and frustration and having your life seemingly unfairly interrupted wouldn't have crossed anyone's radar.
    The, "don't worry, be happy", strategy isn't working. One can't help but wonder if that's by design.
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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

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    A demonstration of how totally unprepared we are for this sort of thing. Where was the protocol..........just consider the confusion of people running about like a chicken with its head cut off. Stupid.
    A medical professional should understand the purpose of a 21 day quarantine for people returning from infected countries. She'll survive.

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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    We tried voluntary quarantine for those that returned from helping people with Ebola in West Africa. That didn't work as was seen by the TV reporter that happened to be a doctor and the DWB doctor in NYC that went all over the place, including bowling and actually now has Ebola.

    It would be criminal for the government to not take reasonable actions to quarantine these people until it can be proven that they are not infected.

    Hell, we quarantine animals and food products from around the world coming here to the US every day. Why is it a bad idea to do the same for people that have in fact come in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa? To not do so would be decried by the masses, as is being done in the case of the NYC doctor.
    The article is about HOW they went about it.
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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The, "don't worry, be happy", strategy isn't working. One can't help but wonder if that's by design.
    I'm missing something. What isn't working about the strategy? Who has been infected but wouldn't have been if we'd only listened to fear mongers and quarantined everyone for 21 or maybe 42 days in medical isolation?

    The only thing that's "not working" is a bunch of politicians and the press who have ginned up irrational fears then pandered to them.

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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    A medical professional should understand the purpose of a 21 day quarantine for people returning from infected countries. She'll survive.
    Right, so she'd understand a quarantine of someone with no symptoms serves no useful purpose, especially a medical professional who is completely familiar with the risks and symptoms. And she'd understand the quarantine is a huge barrier for U.S. based volunteers and others to travel to Africa to help contain this disease.

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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    She's a selfish individual and thankfully her complaining us falling on deaf ears for the most part.

    I don't feel sorry for her one bit.

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    Re: UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    She's a selfish individual and thankfully her complaining us falling on deaf ears for the most part.

    I don't feel sorry for her one bit.
    Right, selfish because she went to Africa and dealt with the sick and dying in challenging conditions, and put herself at risk of dying while doing so....wait, what???

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