the overwhelming media coverage of the corona virus outbreak this year has reminded me of an incident that happened a few years back when cases of ebola were discovered in the u.s. kaci hickox, a nurse who was working with ebola patients in sierra leone, made headlines for demonstrating the sensibility and determination to return to her normal life despite efforts by politicians and the media to stigmatize her.
this slightly edited re-post about what happened was originally posted october 31, 2014:
kaci hickox on the job
yesterday, the majority of the coverage of the malady dealt with (talked about) kaci hickox, a nurse who returned to the u.s. last weekend after working with ebola patients in sierra leone. her reaction to a quarantine the states of new jersey and maine have tried to impose on her has been in headlines all week, and her actions yesterday morning were, among other things (her actions represent other things too), a spectacular english lesson on how one incident can be described many similar but different ways.
a bike ride through the countryside on a beautiful october morning…..
the global media was fascinated by the fact that ms hickox went for a bike ride with her boyfriend despite (it didn’t matter to her) the state of maine insisting that she was under quarantine.
…..accompanied by the cops
different websites described it with different forms of the word defy, which means resist, refuse or disobey. it is used as part of the expression death-defying, which means very dangerous and is the title of this song by the hoodoo gurus
Nurse Kaci Hickox Defies Ebola Quarantine In Maine, Goes For Bike Ride
the business insider used a headline with the noun defiance
Maine Nurse Goes On A Bike Ride With Her Boyfriend In Defiance Of Ebola Quarantine
the defiant maine nurse
the washington post described hickox as defiant
Defiant Maine nurse Kaci Hickox emerges at center of debate on Ebola and civil rights
and news.com.au chose the adverb defiantly to describe hickox’s action
Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox defiantly goes for a bike ride with boyfriend Ted Wilbur
all of these headlines give the same idea, but it is important to select the part of speech that the situation requires. if u change a noun for a verb or a verb for an adjective, etc. other people will probably understand u, but they will also subconsciously register that u said something weird.
while i understand the necessity for politicians to make tough decisions to protect public health,having lived through a bureaucratically imposed lockdown that exaggerated the real threat (imminent danger) of an epidemic i respect kaci hickox’s call for reason and her calm in the face of panic.
what do u think about kaci hickox’s bike ride? how should governments balance the health of the public vs personal freedom? share your feelings under leave a reply
have fun, amigos.