It finally happened: Ebola is in the United States. Along with some nasty symptoms, the virus brought serious debate about how the US government should be treating those who are returning back to the US from Africa. This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention implemented new rules that still require close monitoring of travellers returning to the US from West Africa but that no longer require a quarantine. The new guidelines come as Kaci Hickox, a Doctors Without Borders worker hailed by the White House as a hero for treating Ebola patients in Liberia, defied the demands the Maine’s Republican governor to remain in quarantine and was spotted leaving her house by bike, trailed by a state trooper. “When they come home, they deserve to be treated properly,” said President Obama, flanked by doctors still within the 21-day incubation period. “They deserve to be treated like the heroes that they are.” How the Ebola debate will affect election results will be revealed on Tuesday as people pull out their hospital-grade face masks and head to the polls.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe