Friends of the second U. Amber Vinson, 29, came under public fire this week when the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared she should never have been on a commercial flight — hours before it was revealed the agency green-lighted her to fly with a mild temperature. News of Vinson's weekend trip to plan her wedding has sowed panic in northeastern Ohio, where nurses who were on one of her flights were put on paid leave from work, two schools were closed for cleaning because a parent had contact with her, and a bridal shop she visited was shuttered.
Vinson's family has declined to comment, but friends from nursing school at Kent State University rallied to her defense. The world needs to take a step back and for a second try to understand the care that nurses provide day in and day out.
Isharon Reynolds, another Kent State nursing grad, said Vinson is a "trailblazer" in a situation where policies and protocols are rapidly changing.
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She is a loving, caring and nicest person you will ever met," she said. I admire her ability to uphold the responsibilities and role of a nurse. We love you and we support you.
Health officials in Summit County, Ohio, who have been tracing Vinson's movements in the state, called her "conscientious" — noting that she stayed close to her family's home and kept her distance from relatives even though she did not have any symptoms that would suggest she was contagious. She flew to Cleveland on Oct. She wasn't hugging.
She wasn't kissing. But on Saturday afternoon, she did visit the Coming Attractions bridal shop in Akron with five friends. Health sleuths have tracked down those five, and they have agreed to voluntary quarantine.
The store was voluntarily closed on Thursday. Two of Vinson's family members in Ohio are self-monitoring at home, and Vinson's mother is under supervision in Dallas, where she flew to be with her daughter. Those infected with Ebola are contagious only when they have symptoms.
Vinson was not sick when she flew to Ohio but she had a low-grade fever when she boarded a flight back to Dallas on Oct. Vinson spiked a fever when she arrived back in Dallas on Oct. Vinson has been flown to Emory University in Atlanta for treatment in a special isolation unit.
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