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  • When it comes to Ebola, What does quarantine really mean?

    National Geographic - 10/28/2014

    Health authorities have long favored voluntary isolation, mostly for practical reasons. “If you make people feel as if they will be stigmatized and outcast and scapegoated, they’re not going to come forward the next time someone gets sick, and that would be a disaster,” said Wendy E. Parmet, director of the health policy and law program at Northeastern University in Boston.

    The new federal guidelines seem designed to take the pressure off governors, who have been struggling to find the right balance between voluntary and enforced isolation. After strongly supporting mandatory quarantines along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tried to strike a moderate tone on Sunday.

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