Last week, a nurse returning from West Africa was quarantined by the state of New Jersey in a tent adjacent to a hospital. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie announced she was free to travel home to Maine, but the policy remains in place. And several other states now have similar quarantines for people who have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Civil rights advocates say quarantines aren’t medically necessary and discourage healthcare workers from volunteering. But supporters argue federal guidelines don’t go far enough—they say tougher measures are necessary to protect the public. Diane and guests debate the legal, ethical and public health implications of mandatory, Ebola quarantines.
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