Boston Doctor Agrees With Obama, Says Mandatory 21-Day Quarantine Too Harsh

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As the debate continues over how aggressively officials should handle the Ebola crisis, President Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. cannot shy away from the crisis and must support health care workers joining in the fight overseas.

"We don't want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines," Obama said. When workers come back from West Africa, they should be thanked for their "incredible dedication," not put through mandatory quarantine for three weeks.

This as the World Bank says at least 5,000 health care workers are urgently needed in West Africa.

WBUR's Deborah Becker spoke with Dr. Sara Stulac, deputy chief medical officer at Partners In Health in Boston, who agrees with Obama that if the epidemic is going to be stopped the U.S. needs to support, not discourage, health care workers from heading to the front lines.

This segment aired on October 28, 2014.

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