Today's award goes, with a double helping of anger and disgust, to Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the errant members of her NBC News team.
NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman issued a statement tonight apologizing for reported violations of the quarantine she and her NBC News team were placed in after freelancer photographer Ashoka Mukpo, who was working with the NBC team in Liberia, was diagnosed with Ebola.
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Reports ... alleged that Snyderman was spotted in public, in violation of the quarantine, to pick up soup from a New Jersey restaurant.
There's more at the link.
Dr. Snyderman, your conduct is intolerable. I don't care whether or not you and/or your team have no symptoms - you were in direct, prolonged contact with someone who is now a confirmed case of Ebola. Whether you like it or not, that means you're automatically under suspicion of having contracted it unless and until you're proven free of it - which means three weeks' quarantine. To disregard your voluntary agreement to that quarantine - you, personally, a doctor! - means you think you're above the law and the rules; they apply to 'the little people', but not to you. Your arrogance is inexcusable.
At least the New Jersey authorities were prompt to make Dr. Snyderman's 'voluntary' quarantine involuntary and mandatory. I hope they go further. If any member of her team does transmit the Ebola virus to others after having broken their voluntary quarantine, I hope and trust they'll ensure that those concerned face charges for - at the very least - criminal negligence.