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October 29, 2014

Kaci Hickox: I've Decided That I'm Going to Ignore Quarantine and Just Do What I Want

Incredible.

She says she's "appalled" by her 21-day home quarantine. Asked if she intended to voluntarily observe the guidelines of the quarantine, she says No.

"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,' said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine's 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.

"I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I'm not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public."

This, seriously, might be the most obnoxiously special snowflake I've ever seen. Video at the link. She's got a shit-eating grin on through half of this. She's just loving her Moment in the Spotlight.

MKH makes an important point: The reason we have coercive, non-voluntary quarantines is that we have learned through 4,000 years of recorded human history that people will not voluntarily self-quarantine, and will in fact act irrationally as willing agents of plague.

Ebola Doc Craig Spencer actually lied to police and insisted that he'd been boarded up at home during his period of quarantine. Only when they began checking his Metrocard (which records rides taken) did he start admitting he'd been out of his apartment, quite a lot.

The Clerisy Class has decided that it is fashionable to lie about the risks of Ebola. Just yesterday, Chris Hayes claimed that only three people with Doctors Without Borders (MSF, for Medecins Sans Frontiers) had contracted ebola.

In fact, that number is eighteen -- and ten of them died from ebola.

When called on this, Chris Hayes quickly invented a strange distinction -- fifteen of those eighteen people hadn't caught Ebola while working on patients under supervision, but rather, I guess, just living in the Hot Zone.

In other words -- of the 18 infected, only three were infected by the route the CDC and Ignorant Clerisy insists is the only plausible method of transmission (direct contact with a patient while treating him).

Most -- 15 of the 18 -- were just infected by casual contact with carriers.

That's supposed to make us feel less worried about this disease?

Have the Lovers of Science actually worked out any of the Science on this?


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