The Obama administration and the CDC have forced New York and New Jersey to halt their quarantine policy, which would have stopped healthcare workers who had direct contact with Ebola patients from possibly infecting U.S. citizens.
Earlier this week, after the Obama administration allowed another Ebola infected doctor to enter the U.S., and then roam the streets of New York, Governors from New York, New Jerseys, and Illinois enacted their own state level quarantine which would have isolated healthcare workers for 21 days upon return from the hot zone. Today, the Obama administration and the CDC choose to yet again ignore the public’s health and safety and demanded the three states immediately stop isolating returning healthcare workers.
Politics over Health and Safety
This morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was forced to release a nurse who was being quarantined outside a New Jersey hospital. The nurse, Kaci Hickox, who worked directly with Ebola patients in West Africa, was quarantined after returning home with a fever.
Hickox, a registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy and ties to the CDC, set off a firestorm of criticism and attacks from left-wing activists who seem to care more about third-world countries than they do for people inside the United States. Almost immediately after the Governors took steps to protect their states, the Obama administration sent out White House officials to undue their efforts.
Obama’s Ebola Czar takes Control.
While Obama’s Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, hasn’t done a thing to help protect the American public, he is doing exactly what he was hired to do; stop all legitimate coverage on Ebola, and win the media PR war.
Instead of coming up with a plan to stop the spread of Ebola, the Obama administration choose to wage a public relations war against the Governors.
‘We have let the governors of New York, New Jersey, and others states know that we have concerns with the unintended consequences of policies not grounded in science may have on efforts to combat Ebola at its source in West Africa,’ a senior administration official said in a statement.
‘We have also let these states know that we are working on new guidelines for returning healthcare workers that will protect the American people against imported cases, while, at the same time, enabling us to continue to tackle this epidemic in West Africa.’
Remember, prior to this crisis, even the CDC said the only way to effectively stop an outbreak was to isolate patients. In fact, and as we reported a couple weeks back, a number of West African countries have effectively stopped the spread of Ebola by doing just that.
After enacting strict border patrol policies, two West African countries, Sengal and Nigeria, have successfully stopped the spread of Ebola inside their borders. So while the Obama administration continues to play politics, West African countries are having success in stopping the virus using the very same strategies that the CDC and the White House are now telling us don’t work at all.
The only way to prevent the spread of Ebola is to immediately stop all incoming traffic from infected countries.