I think most Americans have been reading or watching news reports of the Ebola scare in West Africa. In particular we have paid special interest to the cases that have been reported here in our own country.
First and foremost, I want to say how much I admire health care professionals and others (including our military troops) who have been traveling to West Africa to help Ebola patients. This is a devastating, deadly disease and though they take every precaution possible, they are putting their lives on the line. We have seen both doctors and nurses become infected with the Ebola virus.
As more cases are diagnosed in the United States and as more and more people return from West Africa, people are frightened.
Ebola is deadly. There is no disputing that fact.
Will it spread in the United States as it has in West Africa? Probably not, but precautions must (and are) being taken by the Centers for Disease Control and other governing bodies. Governors in at least three states last week announced they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected patients and who were arriving from various West African countries.
As one might suspect, the quarantine did not set well with some of the returning travelers. One nurse from Maine is trying to fight the edict in her state. She currently has no symptoms.
I can’t say that I blame her or anyone else for that matter. If I had been away from home for a period of time, I would not like it if I were told I was going to be quarantined.
The lawyer for the Maine nurse told FoxNews.com that his client “is a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained for it.”
As I said before, I admire all those who have put others before self.
But this nurse is not being “punished” for doing good. Those who are trying to have her quarantined don’t have a quarrel against her. They are simply trying to protect other people.
That leads to this question. If people were willing to put others before self to go to West Africa, why are they not willing to do the same upon returning home?
Yes, it will be inconvenient and a nuisance. Yes, they will not be able to visit with family and friends. But, until I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was disease-free, I would hope that I would be willing to be inconvenienced in order to protect those people I love.
I do understand where this nurse is coming from. No one likes to be “told” you have to do something.
But there are times in our lives when we must use common sense or the Golden Rule. Either one will apply in this situation.
Though the words “Golden Rule” are not found in Scripture, they are the words that have been used to describe Matthew 7:12 which reads “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (KJV).
I would not want to infect anyone with a deadly disease, nor would I want anyone to infect me.
The Ebola scare is not contrived. It is real. Pray for people who have the disease and for those who are providing care to them. Most of all, pray for God’s hand of protection upon our country.