Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) said that the public wouldn't be as alarmed about Ebola if more people were "thinking critically for themselves."
Holt, a former physicist who is retiring at the end of this year, said that Americans should familiarize themselves more with science to trust medical professionals.
The New Jersey Democrat further criticized the quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox in Newark.
"It was, if not inhumane, certainly dehumanizing and unnecessary treatment," Holt said.