Ebola – Is it cruel to quarantine or cruel not to quarantine?

Having just read a post by “The New York Times” of how sad life is in quarantine for the family of our first Ebola patient who did not survive,  I am wondering what sort of mentality exist in present day America. The article is riddled with words like stench, unbearable, endured, paranoia, and shunning.

“Ebola is jerking us back to the 19th century,” he said. “It’s terrible. It’s isolating. It’s scary. You’re not connecting with other human beings, and you are fearful of a microbiologic time bomb ticking inside you.”

So it has been in Quarantine Nation.

Quarantine Nation? Really? Does the world really perceive us as quarantine nation? I don’t think so. We haven’t actually quarantined anyone forcibly. Duncan’s family and friends volunteered, which is the Christian thing to do, but if the government did quarantine a few for a short time for the safety of the majority, would that be a wrong thing to do? Ask those who have been exposed what they think?

Now for the really ridiculous part of the entire story. The quarantine wasn’t really a quarantine at all. Read these paragraphs:

The day after Mr. Duncan’s illness was diagnosed, Ms. Jallah and her family received verbal instructions to stay inside. Her partner, Aaron Yah, who had not been exposed to Mr. Duncan, was cleared by county and federal health officials to leave the apartment after four days, the couple said.

After a week, the officials told Ms. Jallah, who has had no symptoms, that she could take occasional trips to the store, but should avoid public transportation.

Our forefathers would have laughed us to scorn if they could know how absolutely pathetic we have become in this country that we cannot “endure” twenty-one days of relative isolation in a climate-controlled apartment with electrical facilities and around the clock entertainment.

America has truly reached out to the nurses who are infected by Ebola. No one is suggesting that we leave people without food, shelter, water, heat or excellent medical care should they contract the disease.

Quarantine for a short time until our CDC is able to come up with guidelines would seem like a sensible plan to me and I would say that if I were the one quarantined. Who hasn’t had food left at the door when a person inside has a bad flu bug and family or friends don’t want to be exposed, yet they do want to help? It just makes sense.

What do you think?


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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