NBC News' chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, apologized Wednesday morning for violating her voluntary Ebola quarantine, asserting that she had broken the trust of many Americans.
"Good people can make mistakes," she said in an interview with "Today" co-host Matt Lauer. "I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that I'm sorry."
Snyderman has been absent from the network for more than a month now after traveling to Liberia with an NBC News crew -- which included cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, a former Ebola patient -- and then failing to voluntarily confine herself to a 21-day quarantine. Her actions caused outrage, heightening fear among the public after discovery that her colleague had contracted the virus.
On Wednesday, Snyderman told Lauer that she had spent 72 hours in her home before leaving, but admitted that she and her team were not "sensitive" enough to how "absolutely terrified" the rest of the country was of the disease.
"I’m very sorry for not only scaring my community and the country, but adding to the confusion of terms that I think came as fast and furious as the news about Ebola did," she said.
The chief medical editor added that the crisis in West Africa is nowhere near over, and that, if needed, she would return immediately.
"I would go back tomorrow and so would my entire team," she told Lauer.