I’m truly amazed at how we (we being Americans), politicize our reaction to Ebola haemorrhagic fever.
I’m not a doc, but as a parent I know a few things, like:
- My school doesn’t allow a feverish child back to school until 24 hours after fever broke. This is “normal” fever reaction, not ebola fever reaction
- If your child has lice, they can’t come back until there are not more nits (also known as lice eggs).
- Oh, there are others, but these should get the point across.
What is the point of the school’s quarantine of these children?
Yes, you are correct, it is to minimize or prevent the spread of illness…or lice.
Now, if we look how the USA handles visitors from countries hit be Ebola, we don’t see much of anything.
Sure, recently we’ve had some changes, but how long did that take?
Let’s not even get started on screwworm.
What’s my point? Rather than worry about the politics of this mess, let’s just ensure the safety our fellow countrymen and automatically quarantine those that come from countries at risk for Ebola.
It really isn’t that difficult.