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.

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Those who are divorced from reality

NOTE: Before you read any further, please consider bidding on an 8×10 print of a palace building in Korea. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. Click here to check it out. Thank you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 39,518 suicides in the United States in 2011 (the year for which there are the most recent data). That’s just the reported/confirmed suicides. I’ll write about that a little bit more later. Of those suicides in 2011, 19,990 were by firearm. That’s half of suicides. Those 19,990 suicides by firearm are more than the number of murders (of all types) in the US in 2011. How many more? Over 5,000 more. When the National Rifle Association (NRA) goes after the nominee for Surgeon General because he dares say/opine/think that guns are a public health problem, you have to think about it for a second. Are guns a public health problem?