Singled Out: Monitoring vs Quarantine

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DALLAS -- When it comes to the Big E in Big D, there are a lot of words circulating the community.  Yeah, how many times have you heard monitoring, isolation and quarantine over the past few weeks?

But, do you really know the difference?  Well, here’s your daily Ebola education explanation.

When someone is being monitored, they are required to take their temps twice daily for 21-days.  If they start to show a fever,  even a low-grade fever, they must report to the CDC or Dallas County.

Currently, this group includes the 48-people that had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan. Their monitoring period ends on Sunday. 75-health care workers from Presby are also being monitored, under tight guidelines; they must restrict travel and stay away from public places. Passengers from Amber Vinson’s Frontier flight 1143 are also being monitored.

Isolation is the highly controlled hospital room where both infected nurses – Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, are being treated.  Nina is in Maryland at the National Institutes of Health; Amber is at Emory hospital in Georgia.

Quarantine is when individuals typically considered ‘most at risk’ are placed in seclusion and monitored. Duncan’s fiance, Louise Troh and three others, have been under quarantine for the past two weeks.

Yet, others, like friends and male strippers Axl Goode and Taylor Cole, have voluntarily placed themselves in quarantine. They shared a flight with vinson.

But, in the fight against Ebola, guess it’s always best to be safe, than sorry.

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