She had vowed to defy her state's mandatory Ebola quarantine policy, and on Thursday, Kaci Hickox made good on her promise. Instead of staying home for a 21-day quarantine, nurse Hickox went for a bike ride with her boyfriend instead. Authorities are currently pursuing a court order signed by a judge in order to legally force her to stay inside until Nov. 10, which would fulfill the 21-day incubation period for Ebola. And authorities aren't the only ones frustrated with Hickox. Judging by the reactions on social media, people — many of whom live states away — are not happy with the Ebola nurse.
After Hickox returned from West Africa, where she was helping to care for Ebola patients, Governor Chris Christie forced her to spend three days in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark. After she tested negative for the disease, she was released back to her state of Maine, which attempted to impose its own quarantine. Instead of abiding, however, Hickox saw the entire ordeal as a major violation of her civil rights and has hired civil rights lawyers to help her fight back.
Hickox told reporters outside of her house on Wednesday night:
I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based.
As the nurse continues to exercise her freedom and enjoys a spin around her neighborhood with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, people from all over are weighing in. And the consensus is: Go inside.
Here's guessing she doesn't listen.