Ebola: understanding when to quarantine

November 10th, 2014

To quarantine or not to quarantine?

That is the question that surrounded nurse Kaci Hickox after she returned to the United States from Sierra Leone where she treated Ebola patients. While some (notably New Jersey Governor Chris Christie) insisted that she be quarantined for 21 days, others, including an editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine, argued that position isn’t supported by the underlying science. The controversy has raised ethical considerations about when quarantine is justified and how best to carry it out.

An ebola response training session at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Oct. 24, 2014. Photo: Army Medicine via Flickr.

An ebola response training session at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Oct. 24, 2014. Photo: Army Medicine via Flickr.