'...Can you imagine halting all commerce and personal travel for the world in a desperate attempt to keep this out?...'I can imagine halting all visas from the affected nations, which should have been done months ago.
The key difference is that Ebola, unlike your other examples. has the potential to turn into a worldwide pandemic. The CDC estimates there will be 1.5 million cases by January.
Christie is not running for anything at the moment. Maybe he is just trying to protect his people unlike our president.
I disagree. We know that healthcare staff(s) in the US now (after Texas, that is) have the correct equipment/technique to deal with Ebola patients. The situation in Africa, where not only were clinics short of supplies but where there also were many with Ebola moving about in in communities/homes, with inadequate water/sanitation...it's just not comparable.
Ebola is a communicable virus and it doesn't care about bravery or courage or dignity. We need to use common sense based on actual science not politics, not posturing, not hysteria but not forget that viruses don't care who we are.
These doctors and nurses went overseas to do volunteer work. They knew the risks and took them. Now we are requiring them to do the responsible thing and stay in quarantine for 21 days when they return. Why should the public have to pay for lost wages and POSH living conditions when these people acted on their own volition and for their own reasons? If you want to send them a fat check from your personal account, then be my guest.
Why is it important that these health workers be treated harshly? There seems to be a degree of punishment and lack of empathy for people who have done absolutely nothing wrong. Some commenters appear to have a sense of smug satisfaction that this nurse is being held in uncomfortable conditions. Why? Are we to become some sort of thuggish vigilante mob? These people are not criminals.