Originally published October 23 2014
Self-quarantine doesn't work; Ebola carriers break isolation again and again
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Authorities are carefully retracing the steps of the fourth known case of Ebola in the U.S. after a man was found to have traveled in the New York City subway, gone on a three-mile run through the city, visited a local bowling alley and gotten a ride in an Uber cab, all while being infected with the deadly hemorrhagic virus.
Dr. Craig Spencer, the first known New Yorker to contract Ebola, had been helping treat infected Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea before returning home to Harlem. When he first landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport on October 17, Dr. Spencer was not exhibiting any suspicious symptoms. But less than one week later, he developed a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the time between when he landed and when developed a fever, Dr. Spencer had allegedly attempted to remain under self-quarantine as a precautionary measure. But he ended up doing all sorts of things in public despite his best intentions, coming into direct contact not only with his fiancee but with several friends and the Uber driver.
After developing the sudden fever, Dr. Spencer was rushed down to the Bellevue Hospital Center in lower Manhattan in a protective suit. His apartment on West 147th Street in Harlem's Hamilton Heights neighborhood was subsequently sealed off, and blood test results were released publicly later that evening: Dr. Spencer was declared positive for Ebola.
"He didn't come through the ER," reassured a hospital worker to the New York Daily News (NYDN). "He went straight to a quarantine room via the elevator."
Dr. Spencer visited at least six separate NYC locales while infected with Ebola When news of Dr. Spencer's positive Ebola status went public, along with the details of his prior travels throughout New York City, some people went into panic mode. A photo posted by NYDN, for instance, shows subway travelers donning protective masks in an attempt to avoid contracting the disease.
The city was quick to respond to the situation.
"There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed," stated New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a recent news conference alongside state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. "New York has the strategy and public health care system. We had [been] preparing for months."
In the meantime, Dr. Spencer's various visits around the city have since been published by the media. These locations include:
- 1, A and L lines of the NYC subway going to the High Line
- Gutter Bowling Alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Blue Bottle coffee stand in High Line Park in Manhattan
- The Meatball restaurant in Manhattan
- Riverside Park on Manhattan's west side
- Bellevue Hospital in lower Manhattan
Self-quarantining doesn't work Dr. Spencer is currently being held in an isolation unit at Bellevue, which claims he is not a threat to other patients or to hospital staff. But the whole ordeal has triggered new protective measures in both New York and New Jersey, whose governments developed plans to automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, regardless of whether or not they are showing any Ebola symptoms.
As you may recall, the first Ebola case on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, was also a self-quarantine disaster. Rather than stay home as they should have, Duncan's family reportedly left their apartment home prior to the completion of the minimum 21-day isolation period, with one member of the family seen walking out of the front door in a "YOLO" shirt to pick up delivered food.
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