The president is hitting Republicans, and the Ebola hysterical media with some hard science based Ebola truth.
The president said,
New travel measures are now directing all travelers from the three affected countries in West Africa into five U.S. airports where we’re conducting additional screening. Starting this week, these travelers will be required to report their temperatures and any symptoms on a daily basis—for 21 days until we’re confident they don’t have Ebola. Here at the White House, my new Ebola response coordinator is working to ensure a seamless response across the federal government. And we have been examining the protocols for protecting our brave health care workers, and, guided by the science, we’ll continue to work with state and local officials to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and health of the American people.
In closing, I want to leave you with some basic facts. First, you cannot get Ebola easily. You can’t get it through casual contact with someone. Remember, down in Dallas, even Mr. Duncan’s family—who lived with him and helped care for him—even they did not get Ebola. The only way you can get this disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with symptoms. That’s the science. Those are the facts.
Sadly, Mr. Duncan did not survive, and we continue to keep his family in our prayers. At the same time, it’s important to remember that of the seven Americans treated so far for Ebola—the five who contracted it in West Africa, plus the two nurses from Dallas—all seven have survived. Let me say that again—seven Americans treated; all seven survived. I’ve had two of them in the Oval Office. And now we’re focused on making sure the patient in New York receives the best care as well.
Here’s the bottom line. Patients can beat this disease. And we can beat this disease. But we have to stay vigilant. We have to work together at every level—federal, state and local. And we have to keep leading the global response, because the best way to stop this disease, the best way to keep Americans safe, is to stop it at its source—in West Africa.
And we have to be guided by the science—we have to be guided by the facts, not fear. Yesterday, New Yorkers showed us the way. They did what they do every day—jumping on buses, riding the subway, crowding into elevators, heading into work, gathering in parks. That spirit—that determination to carry on—is part of what makes New York one of the great cities in the world. And that’s the spirit all of us can draw upon, as Americans, as we meet this challenge together.
The president used the phrase guided by science repeatedly for a reason. Science tells us that Ebola poses very little threat to the American people. The fact is that the flu will kill more Americans this year than Ebola ever could.
More children died from the flu in one week last January (10) then there are Americans who have contracted Ebola in the United States (2). Both of the Ebola cases were healthcare professionals. The other people who have been treated for Ebola in the US acquired the virus while visiting West Africa.
Republicans are whipping up fear because they are trying to win an election. The media are spreading hysteria as a tactic to boost ratings and revenue. Cable news is trying to turn Ebola panic into a profitable cottage industry.
Republicans hate science. When the president mentions science, GOP heads begin to explode. The Republican Party is based on belief and values. There is no room for science in today’s Republican Party or with the majority of their supporters.
Republicans refuse to believe the science on climate change, so it is a small leap of illogic for these same people to think that Ebola is a threat to their lives.
The president is pushing back against a wave of cynical partisan exploitation and media hysteria. President Obama is smacking down the Republican generated Ebola hysteria with the powerful weapons of truth and science. Those who are spreading Ebola fears for profit or political gain should be ashamed of the panic that they are causing.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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