After the Ebola Zone: The Life of a New York Doctor In Quarantine

The Ebola Treatment Unit located on an old unfinished Ministry of Defense property on Nov. 3, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia Photograph by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images

On arriving in Geneva to wait out his required 21-day, self-monitored quarantine, Dr. Darin Portnoy says he was looking forward to a few runs—he hadn’t had time to work out on his Ebola mission, and there was no easy path for a jog between his living quarters and the Ebola treatment center—and was hoping he might find a Thanksgiving dinner. He found one listing quickly, at the American International Club, but along with turkey and fixings, a James Brown impersonator was to MC, and Portnoy says he couldn’t face going from four weeks of treating Ebola to a room full of ex-pats lip-synching to “I feel good … and I knew that I would now.”

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