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NY Governor Cuomo Eases Quarantine Policy After Criticism

After a contentious weekend New York Governor Andrew Cuomo eased his state’s just-announced ebola quarantine policy, allowing asymptomatic health care workers returning from west Africa to serve out their quarantine at home and be compensated for lost income. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie followed suit shortly afterward.

Cuomo and Christie announced the mandatory quarantine Friday after a New York City doctor who had returned home from west Africa tested positive for ebola. It became an immediate public relations disaster after a nurse was quarantined in the Newark airport and rebelled against the conditions, calling the protocol appallingly disorganized.

The policy also received pushback from the White House, which sniped at the governors through an anonymous aide, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci, who criticized it on the Sunday shows, and the ACLU.

The medical community has recommended against quarantines, fearing it will disincentivize health care workers from traveling to west Africa, where they are needed to stop the ebola outbreak at its source.

[h/t New York Times]

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