Do we need an Ebola luxury resort?

What to do? Protect the public here or incentivize workers to go there? This is a false choice! What’s needed is a quarantine so luxurious that health care workers will look forward to their 21 day quarantine, or at least not dread it. What if the federal government took over an isolated resort, say on the Gulf Coast. Stocked it with finest foods and wines in the land, and the best films and recreation and wireless Internet access and volunteer musical acts —  a French widow in every room, as a friend of mine used to say, equivalent to a very expensive vacation, available for free to any returning volunteer. The only catch is they couldn’t leave for 21 days. (They could bring their spouses and partners, if they wanted –but then the spouses couldn’t leave either.)

It might be a little like the resort town in The Prisoner.  Maybe not something busy doctors would want to sacrifice three weeks for. But it’s better than a tent in New Jersey.  And it might quickly acquire it’s own lore and culture, so if you weren’t part of the network of those who did time there, you were missing out.

P.S.: People thought I was joking when I suggested this on Twitter the other day. I wasn’t.