October 27th, 2014

IDSA Opposes Mandatory Quarantine of Healthcare Workers, and Andy Borowitz Is A Very Funny Person

Borowitz-Chris-Christie-Doctor-690From the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA):

Strategies to limit the potential for Ebola virus disease transmission from returning healthcare and humanitarian aid workers as well as from other travelers should be based on the best available medical, scientific and epidemiological evidence; be proportional to the risk; balance the rights of individuals and the community; minimize unintended negative consequences; and minimize unnecessary use of limited resources. For these reasons:

IDSA does not support mandatory involuntary quarantine of asymptomatic healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected areas. This approach carries unintended negative consequences without significant additional benefits.

The bolding is theirs, not mine, but I do agree.

And so, it appears, does Andy Borowitz, who has been spot-on in every one of his (fake) Ebola news pieces for The New Yorker. And today we got two!

First this:

Study: Fear of Ebola Highest Among People Who Did Not Pay Attention During Math and Science Classes

Then this:

Christie Sworn in as Doctor

And lest you think Borowitz limits his medical expertise to scary tropical viruses, his own personal experience with our healthcare system is about as accurate (and funny) a depiction of being a patient as you will see anywhere:

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