Skip to comments.CDC Director Doubles Down on Lack of Flight Restrictions From Ebola Stricken Countries
Posted on 10/03/2014 10:11:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
In light of the first case of Ebola in the United States emerging earlier this week after Thomas Duncan traveled to and from the country of Liberia to attend a funeral (and then knowing he was infected, lied on a medical form before hopping on a flight back), many people are asking why flight bans or restrictions to Ebola stricken countries have not been put in place.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest essentially argued that because America has the ability to treat the disease, that it is unnecessary to implement travel restrictions in order to prevent it from coming here.
Speaking from the White House Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dodged questions about why flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks are still being accepted to the United States. He did not detail any future plans to stop flights from those countries, or to track connections through Europe to those countries, despite the first case of Ebola showing up in the U.S. after a Liberian man went to a funeral in West Africa and then returned home to Dallas.
In his justification of the administration continuing to allow flights, Earnest argued that because people carrying Ebola don't have symptoms when they get on planes, there isn't a need to limit travel.
Earnest said Ebola will be handled through "rigorously applying medical procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control."
Now, CDC Director Tom Frieden is doubling down on the Obama administration's refusal to implement travel restrictions, arguing shutting down borders to Ebola stricken countries could make the situation worse and won't necessarily stop the deadly disease from spreading. What?
"I wish we could get to zero risk by sealing off the border. But we cant. The only way we are going to get to zero risk in this country is by controlling it in Africa. Until that happens, Americans may come back with Ebola. Other people who have a right to return or a visa to enter may come back. People will go to third countries and come from there. Sealing them off first off wont work. Second off, it will backfire. Because if we cant get help in there, then were not going to be able to stop the outbreak and ultimately we will end up at higher risk, not lower risk," he said.
Dr. Tom Frieden explains how the CDC is fighting Ebola
First, nobody is arguing flights carrying medical personnel should be banned in and out of West Africa. People who argue for flight restrictions are referring to flights that allow anyone from the U.S. to get on a plane and head to Liberia or other countries and then returning after filling out a less than effective medical screening form. The man with the case of Ebola in Dallas isn't a medical worker, he went over to attend a funeral and after helping a woman sick with the disease and came back to the U.S. anyway. Second, France, England and a slew of Africa countries have either restricted travel or sealed off borders to prevent the disease from spreading.
So how exactly is the CDC screening for Ebola before people leave West Africa for the U.S.? What preventative measures are being taken? As he said in the clip above, "We are doing very good temperature screening. That is, where it is going to be the most efficient. That is where they have a few hundred people leaving. We're using approved devices, trained staff checking every person who is leaving each of the three countries to see if they have a fever. [If you] screen people here, instead of a few hundred it would be a few hundred thousand, it would be inaccurate. And this is the way that we think we're going to be most effective at keeping people who are having a fever from getting on planes."
There's just one huge problem with that. People can have Ebola and not show symptoms for days, just as the man in Dallas did. A reminder of the timeline.
According to the CDC, the patient being treated came back from Liberia after attending a funeral on September 19. The patient's symptoms started on September 24 and hospitalization began on September 28 in Dallas. Several family members to the patient may have been exposed. Because the patient did not get sick until four days after getting off the airplane, nobody who flew with the patient is at risk.
And finally, while the CDC says the other passengers on the same planes as Duncan were at no risk of catching the disease because he wasn't showing symptoms, the agency and airline are frantically trying to track down all of the passengers who were on those planes...for some reason.
I think someone forgot to set the snooze alarm.
Imagine all those aircraft flying all over the world, the planes themselves may be contaminated, and spreading the virus on seats, toilets and luggage racks, not to mention baggage handlers and cargo bins..................
Someone ought to infect this IDIOT.
The incubation period for this virus is 10 12 days and over the next two weeks we will see whether this is a crisis or a speed bump.
This guy from Liberia who flew to Dallas to see family: flew from Liberia to Brussels, from Brussels to London (Heathrow, worlds busiest airport) to Washington DC then from DC to Dallas, with a layover/plane change in each spot. Obviously, the guy had contact with other people IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL !!
Is this a health crisis? Remains to be seen.
But Britain and France have already SHUT DOWN flights from West Africa. We haven’t.
Call your sinators today and demand this complete idiot be removed from the CDC. Do it today.
If we get a few more confirmed cases in the USA, watch the Obama Administration change their tune in blink of an eye.
And we would believe anything coming from the Obama administration why?
Agree. PC Bureaucrats are examples of PURE EVIL
I am just waiting for the 3000 troops that were ordered by the administration to go to Liberia to help there
Has the CDC caught the same potentially deadly political correctness disease as the Secret Service?
Either the CDC is lying to us or they just have no idea what they are doing. Neither one of those two options give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Having watched the MSM news videos of healthcare workers in hazmat suits getting full washdowns and STILL getting infected with the virus, tells me that this ‘contact with body fluids’ transmission is pure BS...........................
and blame Congress for dragging its feet.
It seems that they are confusing the language. Flight restrictions are really not necessary. How about 13,500 visa restrictions?
4 to 21 days defending upon initial viral load and other factors.
And yes, we should have shut down flights to and from, but our leadership approves of bringing it here.
He needs to be fired.
In a bid to outdo Caesar Augustus in pride, arrogance and narcissism, whenever the Obama Administration makes a huge mistake, rather than admit to their mistake and take corrective action, they just double down on the mistake and refuse to admit their screw up.
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