Is it me or has common sense gone out the window? There is breaking news tonight that about a positive case of Ebola in New York City. This is breaking news so more information will be forthcoming. But here is what we know so far:
- The positive case is that of a doctor
- The doctor just returned from West Africa working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients
- He was at a bowling alley on Wednesday and travelled via subway and taxi
Again, details are not fully available, but it appears he just started showing symptoms this morning, Thursday, which according to what we know now is the only time the virus is contagious. He has been taken to Bellevue and was taken in the prescribed HAZMAT method.
I’m not in favor of eliminating flights from West Africa as some have called for (people will just travel through other countries and we would lose track, plus increase the number of folks exposed). I also applaud doctors who at their risk go to help in West Africa. Something all Americans should be proud this doctor did.
However, if we know the incubation period is 21 days, why not quarantine health workers returning from West Africa for 21 days to make sure they are free from the virus? That may be inconvenient for the volunteer, but as a healthcare worker they would understand what exposing the virus would mean to the general public.
Simple precautions for a not so simple problem.