New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has no second thoughts about enacting a 21-day medical quarantine on medical workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
“I think this is a policy that will become a national policy sooner rather than later,” the Republican governor said on “Fox News Sunday,” emphasizing the population density of his state and the New York metropolitan area.
“The fact of the matter is that the CDC protocol, as Dr. [Anthony] Fauci admitted himself, had been a moving target,” Christie added, referring to an earlier interview on the same show with the director of the Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey,” Christie said. “[New York] Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo agreed, and now [Chicago] Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel agrees, and I think the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view on this.”
“This is government’s job,” Christie said. “We have taken this action, and I have no second thoughts about it.”
Asked to comment on the idea of a quarantine, Fauci reiterated the notion that it was unnecessary, calling it “draconian” during his appearance on “Meet the Press” on NBC.”
We need to treat them, returning people, with respect, and make sure that they’re really heroes,” he said. “So the idea that we’re being a little bit draconian, there are other ways to protect. There’s monitoring, there’s direct monitoring, there’s active monitoring. We don’t necessarily need to do that.”