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    Eric Robbins, 50, Sidney: “I don’t know if the state is planning to do that, but if that’s in line with the federal guidelines for safety, yes. I think once somebody’s been scientifically determined to be safe from Ebola, then no. I think the science is really clear on what it takes to be potentially or infected or a carrier. If there’s no chance of that then they shouldn’t be quarantined. I’m not worried about it on my own behalf or locally. I think it’s very well under control nationally here and in most of the world. Where there is an epidemic of it it’s certainly enormous to those people, but I don’t think we have a concern in America for ourselves.”

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    Amanda Collins, 26, Wayne: “That depends. If she tested positive for Ebola herself than absolutely. If not than I don’t see any reason to hold her. I mean, we come in contact with so many different viruses and infections. I mean, if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen. If not it’s not. I try not to worry about too much.”

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    Tasha Newbury, 15, Winthrop: “No I don’t think so. I, mean, maybe checking if she’s OK is fine, but I don’t think they should put her a bubble or something. They really haven’t proven any way to contract it unless you touch the bodily fluids of someone’s who is diagnosed with it. I don’t plan to go around touching people’s bodily fluids so I really don’t see a reason to be worried yet.”

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    Linda Parker, 68, Readfield: “I’m not sure how I feel on that one. I don’t have a strong opinion on that one. I’d like to see some kind of quarantine at home, but not quarantined in a tent like what they did. I don’t really agree with that one. I think we need to protect everybody else, so a self quarantine would be great.”

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    Bobbi Jo McKinnis, 31, Albion: "I don’t think a quarantine is a bad thing. It may be that her family or the people that she works with think it’s necessary. If Ebola comes to Maine I would be scared. I think that quarantines and the screenings that are in place at airports are needed and that’s because people aren’t always going to be honest if they don’t think they are a risk. It’s better to be safe than sorry."

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    Candace Hill, 62, Oakland: "I guess I would err on the side of safety and say that she should be allowed to come home. I don’t think she should have been restricted like she was in New Jersey. I don’t think that was handled well. But I also don’t disagree that she shouldn’t be in her house as a precaution. To the best of my knowledge I haven’t come in contact with anyone with Ebola and I also haven’t traveled to West Africa. I like to think I am making good choices. I don’t know the best answer to handling Ebola, but I think the government and state are doing the best they can. I think everyone needs to look at themselves and not get caught up in the fear-mongering."

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    Candace Savinelli, 60, Waterville: "We can’t worry about things. What would it do to worry? Would it make it better? No. We just have to deal with the facts and then make a decision. If Ebola was on the streets of Waterville then I’d be concerned, but it’s not. I don’t agree with what New Jersey did, but I do think that even if there is a slight possibility that someone has Ebola they have the responsibility to go through those precautions. It’s the responsible thing to do, to go through the 21 day quarantine. When there are no precautions taken, that’s how epidemics start."

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    Tim Rehse, 58, Waterville: "She has no symptoms and it’s not an airborne disease, so no, I don’t agree with the quarantine. She’s a nurse and she should know what to do if she’s sick. The fear factor has risen way above the facts and the actual risk. I don’t see it happening in Maine. If I was in Africa maybe I would be more concerned, but I think I’m more at risk when I cross the street here."

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    Elisabeth Small, 54, Waterville: "I’m not really concerned about (Ebola). It’s not so easy to catch. I think the quarantine is so rude. She needs to be able to go to work, and if she wears the proper equipment and takes precautions — and she should because she’s a nurse — no one is going to catch it. People need to be more informed about what Ebola is and how you can catch it."

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    Brittani Harding, 24, Waterville: "I don’t think the quarantine is fair because she doesn’t have any symptoms. I have no reason to be worried about Ebola."

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