Nurse Kaci Hickox doesn't have Ebola. She never tested positive for the virus after treating patients in West Africa and returning to the U.S. Still, she reached a deal with health officials in her home state of Maine today. It will allow her to travel freely in public, as long as she closely monitors her health until the incubation period for the disease expires on November 10.
Hickox landed in the middle of the Ebola quarantine debate, right after she arrived at Newark Airport from Sierra Leone. She was isolated in a tent. She caused further controversy after returning to Maine and leaving her house, to make a point she went for a bike ride.
Kaci tells Anderson the biggest reason she fought her quarantine was her fear of what fellow aid workers would face when they return to the U.S.
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.
Kaci Hickox, the nurse who recently returned from fighting Ebola in West Africa is now in the middle of a different fight in Maine. Governor Paul LePage says Hickox has been unwilling to follow CDC guidelines, even though those federal guidelines actually say she should not be quarantined. The state is seeking a court-order confining her to home.
"It is not my intentions to put anyone at risk in this community," Hickox told reporters outside her home in Fort Kent, Maine.
In an interview with Anderson, Hickox's lawyer, Steve Hyman says LePage is pandering to fear.
Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse who caught Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan release Tuesday from an Atlanta hospital leaves a single person in the United States now battling Ebola.
Even without more cases, Ebola remains a hot topic of conversation around the country. That includes a debate about whether anyone should be allowed into the United States from West Africa, or at least whether health care volunteers and others coming from those Ebola-ravaged nations should be quarantined for three weeks upon arrival.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that "monitoring and movement guidance" for those returning from the region should be "sensible," so long as it is based on science and doesn't unnecessarily prove an obstacle to those who risk their lives and livelihoods to head overseas to help those in need. So why has one volunteer who is Ebola free been under forced quarantine, with an armed officer outside his home for more than two weeks?
Anderson spoke with Ryan Boyko. He told Anderson the health department has yet to contact him about the reason for his forced quarantined.
A12 of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's HIV / AIDS advisers signed a letter protesting his Ebola policies. That includes Peter Staley, a legendary AIDS activist and a central figure in the Oscar-nominated documentary "How To Survive a Plague." Staley described Governor Cuomo's policy as 'politics trumping science.'
Dr. Craig Spencer is battling Ebola at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. Doctors there say he has reached a tough phase in the battle, where patients often lose enormous amounts of bodily fluid and need intensive support. Nurse Nancy Writebol has been there. She survived Ebola. She also donated plasma to Dr. Spencer in hopes that her antibodies will help stop his infection.
Anderson spoke with Nancy Writebol and her husband David. She told Anderson that donating plasma is one way that she is saying 'thank you' to those who helped save her life.
Health officials in the U.S. are struggling to decide what should happen when people fighting Ebola return from the hot zone. That's causing uncertainty for health care workers and members of the U.S. military who are working to stop the disease in West Africa. The group Doctors Without Borders has been at the forefront of that battle. Executive Director Sophie DeLaunay explains to Anderson why quarantining healthy Ebola workers is dangerous.
A doctor, who recently traveled to Guinea to treat Ebola patients, is the first Ebola case in New York City. But where was he prior to realizing he had contracted the virus?
Watch the above video as CNN's Jason Carroll details the ways in which medical detectives are retracing Dr. Craig Spencer's recent movements.
Dr. Craig Spencer is now the first Ebola patient in New York City. He tested positive for the virus days after returning from Guinea. He was there working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients. News of Dr. Spencer's diagnosis came during AC360 and Anderson broke the news.