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Quarantined Nurse Rips Christie: Policy ‘Really Inhumane,’ 'Doesn't Make Sense'

Monica Sanchez
By Monica Sanchez | October 27, 2014 | 10:27 AM EDT

On CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning, quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox ripped Governor Chris Christie for his state's recently announced mandatory quarantine policy for health care workers returning from Ebola-ravaged areas of West Africa.

Her treatment doesn't make medical sense and "is really inhumane," she said.

"I don't think he's a doctor, and he's never laid eyes on me," Hickox fired. "I wish that he would be more careful about his statements related to my medical condition. I am not, as he said, quote-unquote, 'obviously ill.' I am completely healthy and with no symptoms."

She continued, "If he knew anything about Ebola, he would know that asymptomatic people are not infectious."

Governor Christie defended the policy as a prudent public safety measure, one likely decided upon in response to the recent case of a New York City doctor who returned to the U.S. a week ago from treating Ebola victims in Guinea and was diagnosed with the disease.

"I think the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view on this," Christie told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "The fact of the matter is, I don't believe, when you're dealing with something as serious as this, that we can count on a voluntary system."

He argued, "This is the government's job. If anything else, the government's job is to protect the safety and health of our citizens. And so, we've taken this action and I absolutely have no second thoughts about it."

Hickox said that the treatment she has received upon returning from West Africa has been a violation of her basic human rights.

"... We need to stress the fact that we don't need politicians to make these kinds of decisions. We need public health experts to make these decisions, and there always needs to be a balance, because I also want to be treated with compassion and humanity, and I don't feel like I've been treated that way the past three days."

"I feel that my basic human rights have been violated."

Separated from her family against her will despite being asymptomatic, the New Jersey nurse expressed her complete and utter frustration with the 21-day mandatory quarantine, calling it irrational and "not evidence-based."

"How it's being carried out doesn't make sense," she said.

"For instance, are then you going to quarantine all of the health care workers that are looking after health care workers who have been to an Ebola-affected area? Because, couldn't it be said that they also have some level of a risk since they're taking care of possible Ebola contacts?

"So, I think it's just a slippery slope."

Hickox sent CNN these photos of her quarantine quarters. Thoughts?

According to NBC News, after publicly expressing her outrage and creating quite the stir among health experts and government officials alike, Hickox will soon be released.

'Since testing negative for Ebola on early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation at University Hospital in Newark has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours,' New Jersey health department officials said in a statement. 'As a result, and after being evaluated in coordination with the CDC and the treating clinicians at University Hospital, the patient is being discharged.'


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