Under Pressure, Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Can Be Spent at Home

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that people quarantined in New York who do not show symptoms of the disease would be allowed to remain at home.
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If it kills like a plague home come Nigeria and Senegal are now free from ebola? Man, that's some small plague!

0 2017-03-22 08:28:18 - Ken Potus

I still do not understand why the POTUS and the fed gov. had YEARS to develop a "what if" scenario and to this very day they don't have any established protocols as to how to deal with this disease now that it has reached our shores. I'm beginning to wonder what else were not prepared for? maybe an nuclear device in one of our major cities? Or any other crisis for that matter? And then there surprised that the gov. of the respective effected states take there matters into there own hands, be it illegal immigration on the borders of Arizona and Texas or the Ebola virus on the east coast. Gov. Cuomo said it best when he declared that "he must look out for the citizens of his state" to bad the Obama administration doesn't have the same feelings for it's citizens on a national level.

6 2017-03-19 20:11:23 - Herrenmensch

You mean -- the same Administration that was warned about Ebola six years ago -- and to this day --- has no coherent policy for it?

Funny how even that did not stop them from ensuring us "all is well" -- until all was not well.

0 2017-03-19 00:22:39 - JonBarleyCorn

I'm more afraid of the stupidity of politicians than I am of ebola. For God's sake, listen to the people who have been battling the disease - and have a better understanding of how to do so - rather than morons who pander to fear.

9 2017-03-17 12:36:31 - 82airborne1968

'...No symptoms at all, a negative test, no reason she can't just stay home...'

Like Dr Spencer did? Or Dr Nancy Snyderman? Or the nurse in Texas?

Oh wait...

2 2017-03-13 16:15:48 - Nigel

Don't forget, they are getting FOUR whole hrs of training before they go. I am sure they will be totally prepared.

1 2017-03-12 15:54:42 - KC

Good for her. The man who found it too difficult to walk 100 yards from his helicopter to his kid's game (so he took a limosine instead) has the nerve to impose unnecessary restrictions on heroic health care saviors. She and others should be able to stay in their own homes . If what she stated is true that a PCR test was negative then why even any home quarantine at all?

176 2017-03-06 21:37:01 - CathyZ

A 21 day quarantine is a loss of three weeks of work time. Health care workers who are already taking time off to volunteer in West Africa are now, against the recommendations of all serious epidemiologists and public health experts, being compelled to get an ADDITIONAL three weeks off from their employers. This will dramatically reduce the number of people able to do this crucial work, all just to pander to irrational and anti-scientific hysteria.

1 2017-03-05 11:58:37 - Chris
Doctors & nurses who are brave enough to go to Africa to help Ebola patients OF COURSE deserve our respect and gratitude -- and some sort of bonus "hazard pay" as compensation. But they should recognize that a period of isolation when they return to the U.S. is necessary -- that should become part of the gig. That should "go with the territory." The government should OF COURSE arrange for them to stay in a more comfortable setting (instead of a draconian tent), but they should not be roaming around densely-populated cities during the initial 3 weeks of their return. They should avoid public spaces, which means they should not be going out to restaurants, or bowling alleys, and they should not be taking mass transit -- no planes, no subways, etc.
12 2017-03-04 00:20:26 - Moose

Thus far scientists have been playing catch up on the facts so they can't be trusted either.

0 2017-02-28 03:00:08 - Mike Smoth

It's mostly the elderly and frail who are killed by the flu. That's why there's no panic about it, and many people don't bother to vaccinate against it.
When Chicago had a heat wave in 1996 or so, over 1000 elderly died, while 10,000 elderly died in Paris from the same heat wave. No one was alarmed.

0 2017-02-26 16:14:10 - Charles

Unnecessarily restrictive measures - almost punitive - will have unintended consequences. One easily imaginable consequence is that people that might possibly have Ebola will hesitate to present themselves to the healthcare system. Another is that people may not be forthcoming about where and when they have traveled.

What is going on is Politics, not science-based healthcare policy. It is about playing to misinformed peoples' fears for the upcoming election, and the presidential election in 2016.

Stop living in fear; you are extremely unlikely to die of Ebola. Instead, you will die because of the next texting driver, or the flu, or cancer, or unfortunately, be one of the one hundred thousand Americans who still die needlessly each year from healthcare-setting acquired diseases caused by hygiene failures such as unwashed hands.

34 2017-02-23 17:24:06 - Ken Belcher

Quarantining this woman is on a scientific level of blood letting or going to a witch doctor. What is sadder are the people criticizing her for seeking her freedom. She and the doctor from NY were actively protecting you from Ebola by treating the poor people who are actually sick from it. If you really have any hope of not catching this disease than it needs to be stopped in Africa. If it continues to rage there, it will come here in large nunbers.

Do you think, for instance, that if it spreads to Europe or Asia that we will be able to quarantine anyone who comes from those places? Will you quarantine all the workers who take care of ebola patients in the US?

As a nurse, I can say to you: you can shove it. You will have no one to take care of these people. An inconvenience is a repulsive way to describe inprisoning someone for 3 weeks. You try it, just to demonstrate. Don't see your friends or family for 3 weeks.

All so a bunch of back benchers can feel more secure. These people are literally saintly.

I don't know if you realize that most aid workers go overseas on their own dime, paying thousands of dollars to do these relief trips. You expect that afterwards they should be out of work for 3 weeks? You will have no one to go over there and you'll let the disease fester. Eventually it will spread northward to Europe and then the game is up.


26 2017-02-22 01:42:29 - Sully75

This is a very fine reply, Jan. Ebola is unlike other illnesses we already have here: To our fortune only four people have come under care as of now. But remember, one of those four died. Multiply that percentage over a wide swath and it's not very comforting. This is a nasty, nasty disease with no prevention nor easy cure.

This highly specialized manner of containment treatment would be stretched very very very thin should Ebola take hold in the wider population.

Ms. Hickox became the unwitting object of very early and not so smooth attempts to protect the people of this country; however, one doctor set an example that, IMO, was not optimal to his return here after being in the thick of things, and is now hospitalized. It's not about demonizing good people; it's about shielding.

Somewhere we have to find balance; but we've already seen two cases of doctors -- one under self-quarantine early on and the other under no quarantine -- attract the attention of the medical community because of their decisions.

3 2017-02-19 22:23:28 - Betsy

However, if Mr. Duncan had vomited on the people near him in the ER, we could be seeing something far worse. We simply don't know the exact moment when someone becomes contagious, though we are told by CDC that the GI stage is.

0 2017-02-19 12:57:18 - D G

Good for the Governors! It is time to be HARDCORE about protecting people from this. Good for them for taking immediate decisive action! While our President wallows in questions of respecting "liberties,".... more and more could be infected and it could go into a logarhthmic spiral of infection that will devastate!
If Kaci wants to serve people in Africa, that is her personal affair. If she wants to go around in New York and be a vector of transmittal of this deadly virus, that is the affair of the officials. ONLY quarantine will safeguard people at this point.
To compare influenza to this virus is ridiculous. The flu can kill the sick and elderly, immuno-compromised, lifetime smokers, or simply the unfortunate. Ebola makes healthy people drop dead from internal bleeding irrespective of their prior health status. It isn't seasonal. Gimme a break it kills like the plague!
Until we know more about how this disease is transmitted, quarantine and haz-mat suits are the ONLY response and Bravo I say for to governors for this.

21 2017-02-18 09:24:34 - jasper

We have one death from Ebola, 7 are now virus-free, and one is in treatment. That's a survival rate of almost 90%. HIV arrived in the US in 1981. In the early 80's the survival rate from HIV was less than 10%. It, too, was spread by direct contact with bodily fluids but we didn't know what level of contact was required. Fortunately, unlike AIDS, those infected with Ebola become symptomatic quickly.

President Reagan never even suggested a quarantine of Haiti. One patient, Ryan White, was kept out of school and that quarantine triggered outrage.

Nobody blamed Reagan.

While there are many differences the biggest difference is the increasing cowardice of Americans and the massive use of the of the disease as a political weapon.

12 2017-02-14 12:30:08 - NickinDC
She was treated abysmally. Maybe you missed, or ignored that.
14 2017-02-14 11:02:16 - Bob

By that logic we should also make sure that no one leaves the hospital where Dr. Spenser is being treated. After all every employee there has the potential to be exposed to Ebola. The same goes for the treatment centers in Georgia, Nebraska, Maryland. That is hundreds of folks that should be under quarantine.

0 2017-02-14 00:04:31 - wgeiser

Gemini3, huh? He called in when his temperature went up to 100.3 degrees. Cuomo's lie notwithstanding, he followed the protocol to the letter -- and public panic notwithstanding, there is virtually no risk to members of the public.

5 2017-02-13 15:46:33 - Josh Hill

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