In yet another victory for ignorant know-nothingism, an Oklahoma teacher will be quarantined for 21 days when she gets back from a trip to Rwanda, a country that is thousands of miles from the Ebola epidemic in Africa. But hundreds of people demanded it in a petition, so they’re giving in to ignorance and xenophobia.
An Oklahoma teacher has agreed to place herself under a 21-day quarantine after she returns from a trip to Africa, even though she is going to a country that has not had any cases of Ebola and is located thousands of miles away from the hot zone in the western portion of the continent.
The teacher at Blackwell Elementary School, whose name has not been released, will be going to Rwanda in early November for a mission trip with her church. Rwanda is Ebola-free and located in central and eastern Africa. Oklahoma is much closer to Texas — where several cases of Ebola have been diagnosed — than Rwanda is to the countries in West Africa that have had Ebola outbreaks.Nevertheless, as Kim Passoth at KOCO Oklahoma City reported, more than 400 people have signed an online petition asking Blackwell Elementary to keep the teacher away for three weeks upon her return. Three weeks is the time period it takes for Ebola symptoms to appear. Without symptoms, a person is not contagious.
Reflecting the paranoia around Ebola, Reba Newton, the mother of a child at Blackwell Elementary, told KOCO, “If the school should decide to let her come back before the 21-day quarantine period, I will remove my daughter from Blackwell schools.”
“My daughter has multiple health problems and she is at risk for infection, and that is without adding something like Ebola to it,” Newton said.
You’re much closer to people who had Ebola in Texas than that teacher will be to anyone who has Ebola, you moron. Can we please stop indulging stupidity and paranoia? Just once?