It’s very hard not to be upset at the Kaci Hickox story.
Here we have a supposed “health care professional,” someone with years of medical experience both domestically and overseas, throwing a hissy-fit because being seen at the local Whole Foods is more important than government safety protocols and public health concerns. Because human freedom or whatever. Because I’m **sure** the founders of this country envisioned a day and age where a state government would bend over backwards to accommodate some fugly New England bitch’s desire to ride a bike for the evening news, or feminism, or something. I digress.
Miss Hickox says she is bucking quarantine and pursuing legal action to criticize the “unscientific” approach of the state governments, as well as their “infringement on her liberties.”
[![Kaciechan3](http://res.cloudinary.com/trs/image/upload/h_300,w_300/v1428563781/Kaciechan3_gunvnr.jpg)](http://res.cloudinary.com/trs/image/upload/v1428563781/Kaciechan3_gunvnr.jpg)To be fair, there is merit to criticizing some of the more ridiculous narratives regarding ebola. The disease is relatively difficult to get; for those who are civilized enough to not eat half-cooked monkey heads and roll around in human feces (*read: white people*), the only way to contract ebola is through accidental needle sticks. It is very likely that Miss Hickox does not have the disease. There are certainly a lot of people in this country that are overreacting and indulging in ridiculous conspiracy. There is good reason to believe the primary driving force behind the quarantine order on Kaci is to allay the fears of the lowest common denominator in the state.
That said, I am simply not convinced the response of Maine and New Jersey’s governments is quite the overboard oppression she wants to argue. If anything, it seems that these states are handling her with exceptional leniency… Which could set a poor precedent in the future.
When it comes to Maine’s quarantine infringing on her liberties, consider that this wonderful and selfless woman has dealt with living conditions far worse than any isolation tent or boarded-up Northeastern home. Pictures of the area Kaci was working in do not depict a very sterile or comfortable environment. In fact, many of the pictures depict human waste accumulated on the streets. After a month living in such an environment, Miss Hickox is supposedly incapable of staying in her clean and safe home for three weeks? **Please**.
One should also point out that Dr. Kent Brantley immediately self-quarantined when he discovered symptoms. As far as I can tell, there are currently no whining press releases by military personnel undergoing or soon to undergo quarantines mandated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
So what is this whole kerfuffle about? Let’s cut to the chase and lay things out bluntly, shall we?
Kaci Hickox was offended that she was not given the proper deference as a foreign aid worker. Her treatment by airport and medical personnel did not make Kaci feel like a hero to the downtrodden; in fact, she was made to feel like that which she had to treat over in Africa! As any racist will tell you, nothing is more infuriating than being lumped in with what you view as beneath you. Miss Hickox’s hysterical, narcissistic outrage over her predicament caught media attention and attracted some greedy lawyers with hooked noses and funny last names.
While we still have a few more days to hope karma or some other mystic force will work in our favor, it is very likely Kaci is ebola-free. There is a chance this selfless defender of the downtrodden will walk away with an undisclosed settlement in a lawsuit against those state governments that dared to challenge her freedom to be potentially infectious. This event will be certainly be used as argumentation against the right-wing’s fearmongering.
Worst of all, a horrible precedent has likely been set, whereby state and federal governments will hesitate to respond in the case of a potentially infectious person due to politics. We may very well have an outbreak of something very nasty in the future.
While we may have nothing to worry about when it comes to ebola in this country, we certainly have a virulent case of progressivism.