Rep. Rush HoltRush Dew HoltWho should fund US research and development? Trump’s choice for science adviser should be confirmed The Nunes memo’s biggest casualty: Credible congressional oversight MORE (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.


"We should have a citizenry that’s more comfortable with science and better able to understand and make decisions about it," Holt said, according to the Times of Trenton. "If people were thinking critically for themselves, there wouldn’t be this level of panic."

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.