Covid-positive “reopen” protester rails against quarantine

“A leader of a Facebook group demanding that North Carolina allow businesses to reopen amid the Covid-19 pandemic has tested positive for coronavirus but is still insisting that Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order be rescinded, saying it violates her right to freedom of religion,” Newsweek reports.

Audrey Whitlock, who was upset about not being able to participate in protests, complained she was threatened with arrest if she left her home while under quarantine.

William Marshall, a law professor at the University of North Carolina, said “The community has a right to defend itself against deathly disease. … When you have a potential of infecting others, … the state has a legitimate interest to act to prevent the spread of that disease,” Marshall said, citing a Supreme Court ruling.

Read story here and here.

She seems like a very selfish person to me.

Update: Sweden is experimenting with herd immunity and keeping the economy open, and their approach appears to be failing, with especially deadly effects on their minority communities. There’s a lot available on the internet about this; a couple of illustrative articles are here and here.

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  1. Mark Adams #

    Flu can be deadly yet we do not quarantine people in their home for two weeks. Chicken Pox can be deadly particularly in adults ans again we do not force people into their home. Aids is most definitely deadly but we do not quarantine people. The woman does have a legitimate gripe particularly if her quarantine was an attempt but the government (Governor) to shut her up.

    Yes the patriots of old were brave and fought for their rights and King George thought they were selfish. Them black at lunch counters were just selfish back in the day.

    Could it be she is selfish and the government has violated her rights. Could be.

  2. Mark Adams #

    Also it would appear stay at home orders are not working. That the horse has gotten out of the barn and beyond the ability of health officials to have any chance of putting th corvid back in the barn was too late in early January, and a large segment of the population has been infected, recovered and we are well on the way to herd immunity and certainly those under 60 without any other factors such as diabetes should go out and get infected so in three or 4 weeks herd immunity is achieved and the elderly can come out with little fear of infection.

  3. Roger Rabbit #

    Vapid rightwing talking points devoid of scientific or medical merit do not legitimize her gripe about being quarantined. And if the quarantine was intended to shut up her (never mind she tested Covid-19 positive), it obviously failed to do so.

  4. Roger Rabbit #

    Covid-19 is many times deadlier than ordinary flu. That’s why it’s a big deal. Also, we have flu vaccines, but no vaccine for this. That’s why it requires other types of measures to contain its spread. I’ve commented about herd immunity in the article (see “update”) in order to include links.

  5. Roger Rabbit #

    Equating her protest to the civil rights movement is a false equivalency. Quarantines protect public health, are temporary (in this case 14 days), and do not single out people because of their race, gender, religion, or other status. The lunch counter protesters were fighting racial discrimination. That’s very different from asserting a “right” to infect other people and be a danger to the community, and anyone with adult critical thinking skills should be able to see that, so it doesn’t really require more explanation.