October 31st, 2014
09:36 PM ET

Toobin and Caplan support Maine judge ruling against Kaci Hickox quarantine

As part of a day which saw a judge reject the forced quarantining of Kaci Hickox, on Friday evening Anderson Cooper invited legal and medical experts Jeffrey Toobin and Arthur Caplan to react to the ruling.

"It tells you that the judge really read the papers in front of him," noted Toobin, who stressed the importance of making "judgements about the facts and the law, not based on fear."

For his part Caplan agreed, shunning polls in favor of science:

"You can't make public health policy by popular opinion," he said.

See the video above for Cooper's full interview with Toobin and Caplan.

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  1. GPJoa

    Reblogged this on Life in Ottawa and commented:
    With a 21 day incubation period, anyone coming back from that part of the world could potentially be infected. Others have come back from treating Ebola patients in West Africa and have tested positive for the virus some time after. For someone who has been around people who are infected to think after being out of the area for a few days that they are safe is just foolish. Perhaps she will not come down with anything, but is that a risk she is willing to knowingly place on others. What happens if after 18 days she becomes sick? Quarantine is the only sure way to ensure those who have been in the area are not infected after leaving.

    November 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm |

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