A recently released poll shows a decisive majority of Americans favor a quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients in west Africa, even if they are not symptomatic.
71 percent agree that health care workers who return from west Africa should be subjected to a 21-day quarantine, while only 24 percent disagree, according to a poll conducted by NBC News/The Wall Street Journal.
The results of the poll come on the heels of Kaci Hickox’s refusal to observe a 21-day in-home quarantine by the state of Maine. Hickox is a nurse who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and traveled to West Africa as part of a trip with Doctors Without Borders.
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A judge ruled Friday that Hickox did not need to observe the protocols because she did not harbor any of the symptoms. Upon returning from isolation in New Jersey, Hickox went for a bicycle ride with her boyfriend through her town of Fort Kent.
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, said he was disappointed in the ruling over the weekend but will respect the judge’s ruling.
“As governor, I have done everything I can to protect the health and safety of Mainers.
“The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling and I believe it is unfortunate. However, the state will abide by law.”
Hickox said on NBC’s Meet The Press over the weekend she “has been through a lot in the past week,” and pledging she will not go “into crowded public places.”
“I will not go into town, into crowded public places. You know, I have had a few friends come visit me in my home and that’s absolutely fantastic.”