On Ebola and the Challenge of Quarantine

October 20, 2014 3:28 PM

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But the situation with health care systems is even more challenging in the 'hot zone' of West Africa. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, the police had to use tear gas as people took to the streets to complain about the authorities' handling of the Ebola virus. They were angry that the body of a woman who died from the disease was left on the street for two days. This is the reality of the situation.

The ongoing emergency response to Ebola by the international community is appreciated. A little too late is better than not at all. Yet a lot more can be done, starting with the quarantine and isolation practices in the worst affected countries. To be clear, the purpose of quarantine is to restrict ...

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