Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, is not the only person defying Maine authorities by fighting quarantine procedures. The boyfriend of Hickox, Ted Wilbur, has spoken out in favor of his girlfriend’s decision to venture outside of her home.
Kaci Hickox was asked to stay in her home for 21 days, the incubation time for Ebola, but she claims the request is unconstitutional because she has no symptoms of the deadly virus. Her quarantine would be over on November 10, but she has threatened legal action for violation of her civil rights, according to the Inquisitr.
Kaci’s boyfriend, Ted, wants people to know that not only are workers in Ebola-stricken countries affected, but their significant others are also affected, according to CNN.
“This thing doesn’t just affect Kaci. And when people are going to be coming home from different parts of the world and West Africa, it’s just not affecting the aid workers and what not. It’s affecting their partners.”
Hickox and her boyfriend left the home to go on a bike ride and did not go in the direction of the town, but the couple were trailed by a police car and journalists. Police are following Kaci and Ted in order to ensure the safety of the couple and the community.
Maine Governor Paul LePage claims Kaci Hickox’s “behavior is really riling a lot of people up, and I can only do what I can do. And we’re trying to protect her, but she’s not acting as smart as she probably should.”
Although LePage wants Kaci to stay “three feet” away from everyone, there is no court order to keep Kaci or her boyfriend from leaving their home or interacting with the community.
Wilbur maintains he and Hickox are not trying to make trouble for anyone.
“We did not go into the grocery store. We are not trying to get anyone sick. We don’t believe that we can get anyone sick. We’re not trying to push any limits here. We’re members of this community too, and we want to make everyone feel comfortable.”
Hickox wanted to go on the bike ride to let people know she could leave her home without interacting with the public, according to her lawyer. Hickox doesn’t understand why she should have to be quarantined after she tested negative for the Ebola virus twice and feels fine.
“I’m fighting for something much more than myself,” Kaci Hickox stated. “There are so many aid workers coming back. It scares me to think how they’re going to be treated and how they’re going to feel.”
Kaci Hickox was originally quarantined because she had an elevated temperature after returning to the United States from Sierra Leone.
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