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October 31, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ebola: Stop treating health-care workers like pariahs

Call me a coward, but you couldn’t pay me enough to travel to Africa to treat Ebola patients. And for that reason I think the people who do risk their lives to help others are heroes, every bit as much as the 9/11 first responders. They should be treated that way, not quarantined as pariahs.

And, have all the people and politicians calling for quarantines forgotten the one really important number about Ebola transmission? It’s zero: the number of people in America who have been infected with Ebola outside hospitals. Even the people who shared an apartment with Thomas Eric Duncan didn’t get infected — and they were in intimate contact with someone who was already sick. If it’s that hard to catch Ebola in a non-hospital situation, can’t we just stop the panic and hoopla and treat returning medical workers as the heroes they are?

Doug Sprugel, Seattle

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