A nurse who was quarantined in a New Jersey hospital after treating patients in Sierra Leone for Ebola says a mandatory quarantine policy risks treating health care workers like "criminals and prisoners."
"This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me," the nurse, Kaci Hickox, wrote in the Dallas Morning News.
In a preliminary exam, Hickox tested negative for Ebola. New York and New Jersey on Friday implemented a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy for any health care workers returning from treating patients in West Africa.
"I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa," Hickox wrote. "I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine."