CNN tells the tale of a New Jersey nurse, Kaci Hickox, an epidemiologist who was working to help treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox has been placed on mandatory quarantine by the New Jersey Government since flying back despite having been proven negative for Ebola after two separate tests and not having any symptoms.
Kaci Hickox, went on CNN on Sunday and criticized the “knee-jerk reaction by politicians” to Ebola, saying “to quarantine someone without a better plan in place, without more forethought, is just preposterous.” Hickox is being kept in an isolation tent outside the in University Hospital in Newark. Hickox says she has asked repeatedly but hasn’t been told how long she’ll be held at the hospital.
She’s not allowed to have her luggage and was given paper scrubs to wear. She has no shower, no flushable toilet and the hospital gave her no television or any reading material. Mostly, she says, she stares at the walls.
She’s not allowed to see her lawyer or anyone else.
“The tent has a window, and doctors talk to me in normal clothes from outside the window,” she says. “So if there’s no risk to them talking to me from outside the window, it doesn’t make any sense that my lawyer wouldn’t be able to do the same.”
Hickox said she worries that her experience will discourage other aid workers from going to West Africa to help quell the Ebola outbreak.