Amid criticism from medical experts and the White House over their implementation of a mandatory 21-day quarantine for returning aid workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, the governors of New York and New Jersey said Sunday that those who do not show symptoms of the disease can serve their isolation periods at home, The New York Times and the Associated Press write.
Governors Andrew M. Cuomo and Chris Christie jointly announced the full quarantine Friday after a doctor in New York tested positive for the virus. Many disease experts said the policy lacked scientific basis and would discourage medical professionals from volunteering to treat Ebola patients, the Times reported. Criticism intensified after a nurse who tested negative for the virus after flying into Newark Airport from Sierra Leone complained on social media about her treatment in isolation.
Obama administration officials said they urged Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Christie to reconsider over the weekend as governors in Illinois and Florida announced similar quarantines. The White House warned the policy could hamstring efforts to staff Ebola treatment units the U.S. military is building in Liberia.