Ebola quarantines, are they really necessary?
This question has scientists, physicians; epidemiologists and politicians pondering. Facts first: Ebola has an incubation period between 2-21days. The CDC states that you cannot " catch" EVD from an asymptomatic person. The most common presenting symptom is fever. These revelations have led to airport officials measuring the temperature of individuals arriving from Ebola ravaged countries and sympathy for states implementing mandatory 21-day quarantines for anyone that has been in contact with Ebola infected patients.
President Obama and other international organizations are concerned that these quarantines will deter healthcare workers from traveling to West Africa. The defiant Nurse Kaci and NBC's medical correspondent found it difficult to meet the quarantine guidelines set by their respected states.
The US military has implemented mandatory 21-day quarantines for its personnel previously deployed in West Africa. New York and New Jersey have had the honor of being proclaimed, by many, as states with the strictest Ebola quarantine protocols. However, both states compensate healthcare workers for the time they are quarantined.
Thus, if you are planning to travel to help the people of West Africa, it is best to know the Ebola quarantine protocols/guidelines in your state.