Bad Apologies

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who works for NBC news, had an especially vivid one today. Ordered to remain in quarantine by the CDC after being exposed to Ebola, she was spotted out and about in the city of Newark with other members of her NBC crew.

After driving to a New Jersey restaurant and violating her 21-day Ebola quarantine, NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is now [back] under a mandatory quarantine.

While covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia earlier this month, a freelance photographer working with Snyderman and an NBC News crew was diagnosed with the virus. Ashoka Mukpo was brought back to the United States for treatment, and Snyderman and the rest of the team also returned to the U.S. and quarantined themselves.

But Snyderman was seen outside of the Peasant Grill restaurant last week, TMZ reports, sitting in the back seat of her Mercedes. …

[Snyderman was quoted as saying the following:]  “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused. We are thrilled that Ashoka is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all want to cover.”

She wants to reassure the world that *she* is – that is, *seems* – perfectly healthy (not realizing, or forgetting, that the problem with her violating quarantine was that she put the health of *others* at risk). The parting point – that the Ebola outbreak is a story “we all want to cover” – might have just been poor wording, but is nonetheless … vile … who *wants to cover* such a vicious epidemic?

Dear doctor, I am truly sorry that you effing offended *me*.

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