Quarantining the Infected and the Exposed May Trample Civil Liberties
Here is a Washington Post
article, dated today, that questions mass isolation/quarantine, civil liberites, and the laws as they stand. For further reference and mind candy you might want to read this
post from April 6th.
I do think the SARS scare is being used as a 'social experiment' of sorts. Perhaps we should look at it as a 'disastor recovery' drill. We need to have effective means of communication, and ways to contain threats without needlessly restricting mobility or liberties. If we can look at it as a drill, it might not cause so much hysteria. If the media can show responsibility and not sensationalise it, we might have a better chance of ironing out acceptable procedures. As it stands now, the threat is blown completely out of proportion by the unknowns and by sensationalism. We can't possibly craft proper procedures with hysterical chaotic data.
posted by Cyndy