Dr. Nancy Snyderman apologized for leaving her Ebola quarantine to hit up the Peasant Grill in Hopewell, New Jersey. Serving as NBC News' Chief Medical Editor, Snyderman and her news team were placed under quarantine when a cameraman working with them caught the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Although she said she's sorry, many are saying that the statement seemed insincere.
"We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused."That's the apology that Rosie O'Donnell called "crappy" on a recent episode of the The View.
"She should have said, 'Yep, totally messed up. Guilty. Sorry. Kind of an ass.' She should have said that."Other members of The View panel also criticized Snyderman's statement. According to Deadline, Whoopi Goldberg says it is ridiculous for her to go out looking for soup (soup being what Peasant Grill is famous for.)
"That's why they make a telephone. Maybe Nancy, you don't know this. You can call and say, 'Hey, can you deliver?' They will deliver food for you. What the hell, Nancy!"CNN's legal analyst Paul Callan also criticized Nancy Snyderman, saying that she could face up to 60 days in prison for violating the quarantine and risking the health of the people around her.
Matt Lauer also weighed in on the incident, and was one of the nicer TV commentators. According to TMZ, he said of Snyderman, "she knows she made a mistake" and "she's back in quarantine which is where she should be."
As many commentators have pointed out, Snyderman is a role-model for all things medical. By appearing to not take the quarantine seriously, the medical correspondent risks not only the people she comes into contact with but sending the message to others that leaving quarantine is OK.
Still, the chances that Nancy Snyderman's actions will lead to the next diagnosis is highly unlikely. According to the World Health Organization, ebola spreads through transmission of bodily fluids via mucus or broken skin. It can't be transmitted through the air and hopefully Dr. Snyderman did not blow her nose into any soup containers.
Snyderman's escapade also took focus away from a far more positive story about her cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo. Mukpo took to Twitter recently to announce that he's on the "road to good health." A positive development for a disease that has over a 50 percent mortality rate.
Hopefully, Nancy Snyderman will find a way to make a more genuine amends for the quarantine escape and Mukpo continues to feel better.
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