Quarantine: Le Freak (Freak Out)

I guess this is the new song to play for a while.  It seems as though many politicians and media types are content with pushing the freak out meme in regards to Ebola.

First, Gov. Cuomo-NY and Gov. Christie-NJ decided they were going to quarantine people for 21 days whether they were symptomatic or not.  I have issues with that, of course, because it makes me think that we haven’t learned from our past instances where we’ve jumped the gun and did things we later regretted.

What we need right now is calm leadership.  We don’t need anyone stoking fears or ginning up anger.  Contrary to opinion, there are people who know about Ebola, including how it’s transmitted and how to treat it.  Here in Georgia, we’re not getting that calm leadership.  Apparently, we’re going to join in with putting people in quarantine crowd with the reasoning best summed up as  “just because they might have a virus that can’t be detected until they get sick so we’re going to keep them locked away until they get sick or they don’t.”

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia health officials could quarantine “high-risk” travelers from areas ravaged by Ebola even if they show no symptoms of the deadly virus.

It was part of Deal’s plan to increase the state’s monitoring of symptoms of Ebola for all in-bound travelers to Atlanta’s busy airport from west Africa.

“We intend to be as protective of Georgia citizens as possible. But by the same token, respect the privacy of individuals who may be put in these categories,” the governor said at a campaign stop in Cumming where he announced the new restrictions. “I would remind you, however, it’s better to be overly cautious than not cautious at all.”

The new rules were adopted by conference call by the state’s newly-formed Ebola task force, made up of health experts and emergency officials, he said. The governor also ruled out compensating lost wages for those who are quarantined.

“I don’t think it’s right to ask the taxpayers of this state to pay for individuals who have perhaps put themselves in this category,” he said. “We are incurring the expense of all the monitoring and all the quarantining that may be associated with it. I certainly don’t think we need to compensate them for their lost time.”

Source: Political Insider with Jim Galloway/ajc.com

I understand the need to make it seem like you’re doing something, especially with an election coming up in a week.  At the same time, you can’t screw around with people’s rights and liberties just because someone else is freaking out over something that likely wouldn’t affect them.

Consider this.  There have been nine people treated for Ebola inside the United States, and only one has died.  Of the nine people treated, only two cases were transmitted inside the U.S.  Half of the patients treated here were transported here on purpose to receive treatment.  While these nine cases sound serious, there have been how many people infected with the Enterovirus D68 virus over the same time span?

From mid-August to October 27, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,035 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

EV-D68 has been detected in specimens from eight* patients who died and had samples submitted for testing. CDC is reporting test results to state health departments as we obtain them.

*Investigations are ongoing; CDC reviews and updates available data every Thursday.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Now, maybe it’s just me, but I think people are freaking out about the wrong virus.  When the states start mandatory quarantine requirements for Enterovirus D68 or the Influenza Virus, then they may have a valid reason.  Those viruses are much easier to spread, and they have infected and killed more in America at this point.  Until those quarantines start, I’m not trying to pull a hamstring by stretching to justify trampling on the rights of any American without a valid reason.


One thought on “Quarantine: Le Freak (Freak Out)

  1. Funny you chose a song urging people to go out clubbing to represent the new trend of locking people away from society.

    Heck no, no way we’re going to reimburse those people for lost wages. They brought it on themselves, deliberately going over there to help sick Africans. They need to be punished. If it wasn’t for political correctness, we’d just build a wall around Africa and let the natives starve, kill each other, and die of disease as God intended. What do we care about the place anyway? It doesn’t even have oil.

    I read an article the other day positing that Ebola activates conservatives’ natural horror of impurity and blood. The author thinks it’s going to galvanize conservative turnout and help the Republicans at the polls next week. Just what we need.


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