Ebola, Politics, and the Fifth of November
Today in review of the news, I was directed to the newest Ebola updates.
New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed 21-day mandatory quarantines in the last two days for anyone arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
With Governor Christie striking out instituting the protections, I was reminded of the speech in V for Vendetta.
“I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to the now High Chancellor Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.”
What we have is a person with political aspirations who blames the system, which he is in charge of, after the fact. Much like conscripting for a fire department after the town has caught fire.
Let us look at the reality; Ebola and other communicable diseases have been around since before the black plague, but we have been assured on one side we are protected and our healthcare workers are well trained in combating this, at the same time told to fear the spread and extreme measures need to be taken, by people who failed to act before.
We first install an extreme response, without thinking of the mechanics. We make it a political statement before we evaluate protections to the people who’s rights and liberties we restrict.
Has any governor mandated that anyone who is forced into quarantine is automatically covered under FMLA under State Mandate protecting the person’s job? Since they are defacto “imprisoned by the state” should it not be enacted that they are like any prisoner, covered for all medical and food and housing costs? No… if we lock them away, we have taken action and done enough.
While they are restricted to the house, are they forced to put everything in a hazardous materials bag and have pick up’s by personnel in protective suits? I think not.
The most reasonable protections for those exposed or healthcare workers would be a 21 day travel hold in a consulate facility overseas in the country and only after the 21 day isolation; the consulate would approve/release the person for travel.
Too many rights have been tossed aside as of late in the guise of protections. Curfews, Bans on Assembly, guilt by association, and Shelter in place orders, not to even dig into spying on US citizens.
In the end we can’t stop infection from traveling across borders, no more then we can prevent air from traveling from other countries. What we can do is strengthen hospitals training and response to any communicable infections. We can mandate and have external audits on the system at random to test and correct errors in protections and application, we can mandate that any hospital have a separate emergency room section for anyone to enter who thinks they may have some communicable sickness or to be moved to until a diagnosis can be made. Stopping the spread involves having a trained and well informed and equipped front line