One of the first travelers from West Africa to land in New Jersey is a nurse who worked with eobla patients in Sierra Leone. Kaci Hickox went to school in Texas; she’s fallen into the clutches of the quarantine bureaucracy and its “frenzy of disorganization.” Pity her.
“Three hours passed. No one seemed to be in charge. No one would tell me what was going on or what would happen to me. I called my family to let them know that I was OK….Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner. My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101.
“The female officer looked smug. ‘You have a fever now,’ she said. I explained that an oral thermometer would be more accurate and that the forehead scanner was recording an elevated temperature because I was flushed and upset. I was left alone in the room for another three hours. At around 7 p.m., I was told that I must go to a local hospital. I asked for the name and address of the facility. I realized that information was only shared with me if I asked.”
Later she tested negative for ebola. They didn’t care. She’s theirs for 20 more days.
UPDATE: CDC clears Hickox to go home.
MORE: Her home seems to be Maine where the governor wants her in self-quarantine. She’s fighting that, too, which, as Insty says, now makes her look selfish—another expert willing to give advice but not take it.