Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere lifted the quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola victims in West Africa, rejecting arguments by the State of Maine that it was imperative to protect the public.
The judge stated, "The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola."
He still remarked that people are acting out of fear and, at this time, fear may not be fully rational.
According to The New York Times
, Hickox was required to be monitored everyday for signs of the disease, to communicate with state health officials regarding travel, and to contact them immediately if she started showing symptoms.
She claimed innumerable times that she was healthy and her being forced to stay home was unconstitutional, hence the court ruling
represents a great victory.
When she was in her tent in New Jersey, she told reporters that health care workers at Newark Liberty International Airport were using a forehead scanner and her cheeks were flushed because of distress and unsettlement, but she never had a fever.
Last Monday (Oct. 27), the New England Journal of Medicine
released its thoughts on the quarantine, which is necessary for health care workers who return to the States after treating patients with Ebola:
We understand their motivation for this policy — to protect the citizens of their states from contracting this often-fatal illness. This approach, however, is not scientifically based, is unfair and unwise, and will impede essential efforts to stop these awful outbreaks of Ebola disease at their source, which is the only satisfactory goal. The governors' action is like driving a carpet tack with a sledgehammer: it gets the job done but overall is more destructive than beneficial.
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