Political opportunists are using the ebola situation to further their ambitions. They try to act like their quarantine policies are for the good of the public, but they are a cynical attempt to keep themselves in the press.
No one with any sense thinks that healthcare workers who have worked with ebola patients shouldn't be closely monitored. Obviously. We have already seen two nurses caring for an ebola patient become positive.
Do nurses need to be placed in tents? Of course not. They can be monitored at home. That whole debacle was ridiculous and I admire Kaci Hickox for standing up for herself.
Now more and more states are imposing these quarantine rules on health care workers. Here is my problem with it: Why are just the people coming back from Africa being quarantined? Why aren't all the healthcare workers who have worked with ebola patients, including those in NYC not being quarantined. Therein lies the blatant political side of this. If these politicians were concerned about public safety this would apply to all workers, not just those from Africa.
A terrible situation in Africa gets worse every day. These games being played will only discourage HCWs from going there to help. It will also discourage nurses here from being willing to care for the patients who may come to their door.