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November 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Ebola: Health-care workers should self isolate when returning to the U.S.

Guest columnist Karin Huster wrote of the “flawless handling thus far of the latest case of Ebola in New York” [“Don’t let fear drive Ebola response,” Opinion, Nov. 1]. Is she kidding?

New Yorkers have spent thousands of dollars trying to find all the people who were exposed to Ebola by that doctor. He showed no symptoms upon his return and no policy was in place to isolate him until it was certain he was free of the disease. Wouldn’t it have been better for all if he had just waited a few weeks to be certain he was not infected? We’re not talking about penal servitude here. Just stay at home and get checked daily for three weeks.

Huster complained of being “away from my family” for three weeks. But she was already away from her family. As a parent, I would want to know that I was definitely not infectious before I embraced my children again. As long as there is a chance I was infected — and the doctor’s experience demonstrates that if you have been around Ebola patients there is always that chance — I would choose to self isolate until certain of being free of the disease. So should she.

Thomas Brothers, Edmonds

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