Doctor Craig Spencer rode the subway, took an Uber cab, and went bowling this week in New York City before he was diagnosed with Ebola. Health officials insist that there is no reason for alarm but that isn’t calming the nerves on Twitter.
— Herbert Callaghan (@ineed2nap) October 24, 2014
No New Friends #EbolaInNYC
— Maurice Kimbembe (@Cerimau) October 24, 2014
Right now everyone in NYC is relying on the kid who sprays bowling shoes takes his job seriously. #EbolaInNYC
— Tim Krompier (@kromps) October 24, 2014
Used uber, rode the train(A,L,1) and went bowling (rented shoes and used communal ball). Good job on that "self quarantine". #EbolaInNYC
— Richard benson (@Richardbenson22) October 24, 2014
Additionally how are you so selfish that you know you are treating a deathly virus and don't isolate yourself from your family? #EbolaInNYC
— Gabrielle Kuey (@GKuey) October 24, 2014
While many people have criticized Spencer for being reckless after returning to the United States, officials say that he did nothing wrong. Officials also say that there it is highly unlikely that anyone in New York will catch Ebola from Dr. Spencer.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said: “Being New Yorkers, a little anxiety can keep you safe. It’s not a bad thing. But undue anxiety is unproductive.”
Spencer’s fiance, Morgan Dixon, is currently under quarantine, as well two other friends of Spencer who had contact with him before he was diagnosed with ebola.
Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said that no one in New York is in danger of catching the disease at the moment. At the same time, officials are being abundantly cautious.
Redlener said: “There is the pure science in terms of what we know and what can come from that. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the world of abundance of caution. Public officials are constantly trying to find the right balance.”