As time progresses, we are starting to hear about this doctor in New York and nurse in Maine who are refusing to quarantine themselves after having returned from treating Ebola victims in Africa and showing some early symptoms of the disease. Regardless of the politics of this matter, both of these people are clearly violating standard practices for containing a deadly contagion. But there is a simple fix to this problem;
1 — Any medical ‘professional’ who does not submit to quarantine should have their credentials immediately and permanently revoked. If they are so callous as to subject the entire population of this nation to a threat that is so easily dealt with by quarantine, they have proven — by their actions — that they are not qualified to be trusted with the public’s health. If ever there was a justification for government intrusion into the private sector, this should certainly be one of them.
2 — If anyone should become ill from Ebola, and it can be shown that they contracted it as a direct result of the actions these health care ‘professional,’ and the victim manages to survive, then these ‘professionals’ should be charged with reckless endangerment and made liable to civil suit.
However, if someone dies from Ebola and it can be shown it was the result of these health care ‘professionals’ ignoring commonly accepted practices for containing a deadly contagion, they should be charged with second degree murder. I would reject negligent homicide or even manslaughter because, as health care ‘professionals’ who have been treating Ebola, these people are well aware that– if they are infected — their negligence is all but certain to cause death to others. I believe this is all that is needed to meet the requirements of second degree murder, not to mention terrorism.
One other thing. Such ‘professionals’ are undeserving of any extraordinary medical treatment. These ‘professionals’ should not receive anything more than that man from Liberia received in Texas — and he died.
Again, this is based on actions that demonstrate a criminal level of arrogance and wanton abandon for public safety.