Q&A With Director Greenberger on Ebola Quarantines

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From Daily Recordhttp://thedailyrecord.com/2014/10/28/quarantine-qa/

The Maryland Daily Record sat down with CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to ask five questions about quarantine and isolation policies in Maryland, and legal implications as they relate to Ebola in the United States.

“Historically, it has been conventional wisdom that it’s very hard to enforce a mandatory quarantine. People have just refused to do it. There’s something naturally very troubling, especially in the case of quarantine — where nobody’s yet sick — to tell people you have to stay in your house and not go out. What we are seeing in the last few days is that you don’t mandate a quarantine, you encourage and recommend and argue for a quarantine. The experience has been that most people will respond to a reasoned scientific explanation about why they should stay at home for a few days. There is certainly the power given to the governor and the secretary to mandate a quarantine, and if somebody doesn’t sign one of those agreements, they may be able to use restraint, legal restraint, to get the person to stay in the house. My guess is that’s not going to happen here.”

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