Can you answer these simple questions about the Ebola virus? (And take the quiz embedded below to find out.)
- Are quarantines necessary for those without symptoms of the Ebola virus?
- Is home confinement necessary for people who've been exposed to Ebola patients?
- Will it discourage medical workers from going to West Africa to help?
- In the case of the New York doctor who self-monitored and checked himself into the hospital, did he pose any risk to Manhattan residents?
Such questions are at the heart of the case of quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox, whose angry comments have brought Ebola policies into the spotlight.
Hickox returned to the U.S. Friday after working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone
She had an elevated temperature when she arrived at Newark Airport and was escorted to a local hospital. She's been kept under quarantine in a tent at the facility, where she's been busy writing a critical op-ed piece and giving interviews.
Her complaints over her quarantine have pitted the governors of New Jersey, New York and Illinois against the federal government. The three states now have mandatory 21-day quarantines for all medical workers returning from West Africa, but federal officials say the quarantines are not necessary and may even discourage aid workers from going to regions with Ebola.
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Dr. Pascal Imperato, MD, Dean of the School of Public Health, at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center. Former Commissioner of Health of New York City (1977 to 1978). He spent 6 years in West Africa where he combatted a variety of infectious diseases and epidemics. He was involved in a Cholera quarantine in Africa in 1969.