Remember When Dr. Fauci Slammed ‘Draconian’ Quarantines?

Remember When Dr. Fauci Slammed ‘Draconian’ Quarantines? by Beth Baumann for Town Hall

When the Ebola outbreak took place back in 2014, Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed “draconian” quarantines that had been ordered for those who traveled through Newark, JFK and O’Hare International Airports. According to Fauci, there were other mitigation efforts that were far more effective than requiring people to lock themselves in one place.

The head of the National Institute of Health (NIH) was concerned that doctors and other medical professionals would decline to volunteer in West Africa because they would be required to quarantine when they returned to the United States.

“The first thing we need to do is make sure the primary goal is to protect the American people but there are ways to do that that may not necessarily have to go that far,” Fauci told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd back in 2014.

Fauci said he didn’t want to “criticize” the decisions that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made about mandatory quarantines.

“We have to be careful that there are unintended consequences. The best way to stop this epidemic is to help the people in West Africa. We do that by sending people over there, not only from the USA but from other places,” he explained. “We need to treat returning people with respect and make sure they’re – they’re really heroes. 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 [quarantines].”

When asked what he would recommend to the governors of Virginia and Georgia, who have two international airports that receive passengers from West Africa, Fauci had a word of advice – and it’s one we’ve heard repeatedly – to “go with the science.”

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