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How to Quarantine the Ebola Panic

Public officials in the U.S. are wrong to insist on mandatory quarantines for health workers returning from Ebola-afflicted countries.
Ebola isn't falling from the sky.
Ebola isn't falling from the sky.

A 14th-century weapon is not the best defense against a 21st-century illness. That's not simply common sense, it's also the scientific consensus, and why public officials in the U.S. are wrong to insist on mandatory quarantines for health workers returning from Ebola-afflicted West Africa.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and other governors who aren't willing to rely on science seem to believe that their states' residents need protection beyond what medical experts say is necessary -- in order to feel especially protected. That, presumably, will prevent widespread panic. A better way to keep the calm would be to bolster public education about Ebola.