The typically objective New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has denounced the decision of some U.S. states to quarantine health care workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa. This order, the editors wrote in an editorial, is unfair and unwise. Their statement follows similar sentiments from nurse Kaci Hickox, who spent last weekend in an isolation tent at Newark University Hospital upon her return from Sierra Leone despite the fact that she was not displaying any symptoms.
According to the journal editors, medical workers are desperately needed to help resolve the crisis overseas—and this new mandate may discourage them from offering their assistance. Many experts and workers feel frustrated by the guidelines and how they may conflict with what is known about the disease’s transmission. Here’s what you need to know:
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