In the latest sign the administration may be more concerned about people’s mental state than their physical state when it comes to Ebola, President Obama is assuring West Africa countries that you can’t get Ebola on a bus.
But the Centers for Disease Control begs to disagree! I gather they got the epidemiological report instead of the talking points.
Even as Ebola spreads exponentially, Obama sought to spread the message of calm in a video for West African viewers released Thursday:
First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu. You cannot get it from casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus.
But Au contraire, you CAN get it from sitting next to someone on a bus! According to a CDC guidance document, people at risk for exposure to Ebola may be subject to “controlled movement.” It states:
These individuals should not travel by commercial conveyances (e.g. airplane, ship, long-distance bus, or train). Local use of public transportation (e.g. taxi, bus) by asymptomatic individuals should be discussed with the public health authority. If travel is approved, the exposed person must have timely access to appropriate medical care if symptoms develop during travel. Approved long-distance travel should be by chartered flight or private vehicle; if local public transportation is used, the individual must be able to exit quickly.
Moreover, according to a separate CDC document, those who have traveled to Ebola-outbreak countries and experience Ebola symptoms when they return to the United States should “limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor and avoid public transportation.”
It’s nice that the president is trying to inform West African citizens. BUT EITHER YOU CAN GET THIS ON THE BUS OR NOT!
Mr. Obama explains that you can only contract Ebola from the bodily fluids of someone who is showing symptoms. But the president, who has not used public transportation in about six years, must have forgotten that sometimes people share their bodily fluids on the bus, especially if they’re sick.
And that’s nothing to sneeze at, Mr. President.
H/T CNS News.