The Quarantine Dilemma

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A Maine nurse is pissed about how she was treated in NJ.  She was forcefully quarantined after returning from working with Ebola patients in West Africa.  To quell the panic of its citizens, New Jersey Governor Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jointly announced a new quarantine policy:

Under New Jersey’s protocol, state residents who come into contact with someone with Ebola would be subject to a mandatory, 21-day quarantine at home, even if they had no symptoms. Non-residents who landed in the state would be taken home if feasible or otherwise quarantined in New Jersey.

To be honest, the politicians are stuck between a rock and a hard place on this issue.   If they don’t do something, they are criticized and if they do something they are criticized.  I expect to see a lawsuit about this case and these policies.  I also expect to see MAJOR panic in Maine where they have been known to put a teacher on paid leave for visiting Dallas.   Yes, visiting Dallas.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “The Quarantine Dilemma

  1. Bridget Reidy MD
    October 31, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Quarantine or no, why aren’t these people being treated like heroes? I can’t imagine dealing with all that PPE in the heat. And to mistreat anyone from Doctors without Borders, instead of saying “Thank goodness it could have been so much worse without these guys; next time let’s listen to them cause we sure should have sooner this time.”

  2. Pat
    October 30, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Pretty inconsistent to want to do good in Africa, but to be so cavalier about causing potential harm here.

  3. Richard Bell
    October 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Yes, let’s liken quarantine to prison. This nurse needs to stop being a baby and understand that this is for the greater good of all.

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