Sunday, February 7, 2016

Christie lies: travelers edition

Christie did two remarkable things during last night's debate, things unrelated to his evisceration of poor Marco Rubio: i) he stated flatly he would quarantine people coming into New Jersey from Brazil and ii) he lied about his detention last year of nurse Kaci Hickox who had flown into Newark after returning from a stint nursing people with Ebola.
Recalling that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey had quarantined a nurse during the Ebola outbreak, ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Mr. Christie if he would consider imposing a quarantine on travelers from Brazil because of the Zika virus.
“You bet I would,” he responded, citing the “strong action” he took during the Ebola outbreak.
So, travelers, consider this a warning: if you are coming from Brazil (and only Brazil?)---Christie will put you in mandatory detention if you fly into Newark. I doubt the airlines or Newark airport will be happy about that one.

This is what Hickox says in her lawsuit against Christie:
Kaci Hickox, the nurse detained at a Newark hospital last year over fears she had contracted the Ebola virus, filed suit against Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration Thursday, saying the governor violated her civil rights for political gain.
Hickox, 34, whose confinement made international headlines for weeks, had been caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone before her arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport, a waypoint to her home in Maine. She was held in isolation for more than three days, first at the airport and then at University Hospital despite testing negative for the deadly virus.
Her detention marked the first test of strict new policies put in place earlier in the day by Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo concerning returning health workers.
"I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's private prison," Hickox said in a statement Thursday. "My liberty, my interests and consequently my civil rights were ignored because some ambitious governors saw an opportunity to use an age-old political tactic: fear."
Did she have symptoms? Well, no.

The lawsuit details, for the first time, that Hickox was actually cleared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while still at the airport. That information was in documents her attorneys acquired from the CDC in preparing the lawsuit.
Those documents also show Hickcox was told she would be quarantined almost immediately after disclosing she'd been a medical volunteer in West Africa — before any kind of screening took place, the lawsuit states.
Did she have a fever? No. She had inconsistent elevated readings on a temporal scanning thermometer but not an oral thermometer.
 She left the African nation on Oct. 22 and spent two days in Brussels before flying to Newark, where she disclosed she had treated Ebola patients overseas.
Following protocol, airport officials escorted her to a quarantine site operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A temporal scanning thermometer showed her temperature to be normal, the suit says, but Hickox was repeatedly questioned by a succession of people, one of whom acted aggressively and wore a weapon belt.
"Hickox was tired from jetlag and traveling for two  days, hungry, thirsty, confused and emotionally exhausted," the suit states. "No one told her what was going on or what was going to happen to her."
Meanwhile, at a press conference, Christie confirmed a health worker returning from West Africa had been quarantined as a precaution despite her apparent fine health.
Later in the afternoon, as Hickox's frustration mounted, a nurse again used a temporal scanning thermometer on her forehead, indicating to Hickox she had a fever, the suit states. Fever is one indication of Ebola.
"Hickox explained to the woman that her face was flushed from frustration," the suit states. "Hickox also said she did not believe the temporal scanner was accurate. Despite her emotional distress, Hickox felt physically healthy. She did not feel fevered."
By evening, over her continued protests, Hickox was taken by ambulance — accompanied by an escort of eight police vehicles, sirens blaring — to University Hospital, where she was placed in an isolation tent that would become her home for nearly three days.
While an oral thermometer repeatedly showed her temperature to be normal, a temporal thermometer at times continued to show a slightly elevated temperature as high as 102 degrees, the suit states, adding that a doctor told Hickox he did not believe the temporal thermometer was working properly.
The isolation tent, in a cold room with exposed pipes, had no telephone and no computer, leaving Hickox with limited access to the outside world.

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