The quarantined Ebola nurse in isolation in New Jersey gave her first television interview shortly after her first interview with The Dallas Morning News went public and she was not holding back in her criticisms of her treatment or Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey).
The quarantined Ebola nurse, Kaci Hickox, said in her interview with CNN Sunday morning that her quarantine was a “knee-jerk reaction by politicians” regarding the threat of Ebola in the United States.
“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.”
The quarantined Ebola nurse interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley took Christie to task for making decisions on the healthcare of others when he himself is not a doctor.
“First of all, I don’t think he’s a doctor; secondly, he’s never laid eyes on me; and thirdly, I’ve been asymptomatic since I’ve been here…. I’m sorry, but that’s just a completely unacceptable statement in my opinion. For (Christie) — a politician who’s trusted and respected — to make a statement that’s categorically not true is just unacceptable and appalling…. For the first 12 hours, I was in shock. Now I’m angry.”
For his part, Christie was quoted by CNN as saying he has not regrets about the way healthcare workers are being treated and quarantining them, including Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox, who was returning from West Africa where she had been treating Ebola victims.
“I believe that folks who want to take that step and are willing to volunteer also understand that it’s in their interest and the public health interest to have a 21-day period thereafter if they’ve been directly exposed to people with the virus.”
For Hickox, the situation is starting to take a toll on her as was evident during the CNN interview when she started to cry describing her situation in New Jersey.
“Everyone keeps asking how I’m feeling physically and of course I’m fine physically, but I don’t think most people understand what it’s like to be alone in a tent and decisions are being made that don’t make sense and show no compassion…. I just feel like fear is winning right now, and when fear wins, everyone loses.”
Hickox and other medical professionals who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa are coming under increased scrutiny after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Africa, where he had been treating patients.