Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC put her own desires above her neighbors’ safety and decided not to follow recommended quarantine–despite the fact that a cameraman she worked with closely in Africa was diagnosed with Ebola. Because the Ebola virus is deadly and contagious, the NBC team that worked with Snyderman agreed to voluntary quarantine upon arrival back in the US. The group was supposed to avoid contact with the public for 21 days. Dr. Snyderman–feeling the rules didn’t apply to her–didn’t follow the rules, potentially endangering countless citizens. In a half-ass, disturbing and privileged apology, Snyderman said she didn’t have a fever and presented no danger, but agreed she would now follow what has become a mandatory, not a voluntary, quarantine.
Snyderman appears not to know how quarantine works. Quarantine denies contact with others for a certain period of time, usually commensurate with the gestation period of the suspected virus. Until that period is over, exposed people are considered potentially dangerous. Readers of Planet Princeton outed Snyderman for being out and about in town when she was supposed to be quarantined. The mainstream media, long suspected of doing more harm than good, here has an example of someone so out of touch and privileged that she would infect others with a deadly virus rather than accept small temporary limits on her freedom for the sake of others.