Quarantine Shmarantine! Part 2: Let us not forget John Early of North Carolina

A few weeks ago, I told you the different reasons why I believe that quarantine doesn't work. My main argument boils down to the fact that human beings can think and plan and act when they feel that they are in danger. Being placed in an isolated area (e.g. a tent outside a hospital) and not allowed to see friends and family makes us feel in danger. Being told by the governor of a state in the United States that you are "obviously ill" makes you feel in danger. Seeing incompetence and panic over Ebola everywhere around you makes you feel in danger.

Talking Tuesday: Jetlagged On Ebola

I'm jetlagged from the trip to Korea, and I'm feeling a little silly. So I recorded this podcast with a lot of complaints over the craziness going on about Ebola. When an elected US Senator tells us that you can get Ebola at a cocktail party, you have to ask yourself two questions: What kind of cocktail parties does he attend? And exactly what science and virology book he read this from? I don't think he read anything about it, personally. Anyway, listen to my rant. Or don't. I won't hold it against you if you don't.

If you listen to one talk on Ebola, make it this one

This is a talk given by Dr. Mike Osterholm from the University of Minnesota. He is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health at the University of Minnesota and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). His views on infectious disease epidemiology and control are sound and very well received in most, if not all, circles. He wrote two pieces on Ebola recently. The first was on Politico: "The Ebola Epidemic Is About to Get Worse. Much Worse." The other was in the New York Times opinion section: "What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola". Both are very sobering views on Ebola in West Africa and, now, the rest of the world.