President Obama today emphasized that Americans should remain calm even as a second case of Ebola transmitted inside the United States developed in Dallas.
Obama spoke to the press pool following a meeting with key advisors on the outbreak. From the pool report:
Pool lead into Cabinet room at 5:25 pm eastern where POTUS laid out the latest response to the Ebola crisis, following a roughly two hour meeting with top agency officials. He said the reason for the meeting — and the cancellation of today’s campaign trip — was the diagnosis of a second Texas healthcare worker with the disease . . .
POTUS also outlined several responses. New “SWAT teams” from the CDC would be deployed within 24 hours to any hospital that reports a new case of the disease. The idea is to help facilities not used to dealing with Ebola . . .
But POTUS emphasized the need for calm. “Here’s what we know about Ebola. It’s not like the flu. It’s not airborne,” he said. To underline that point further, he talked about shaking hands, hugging and even kissing healthcare workers at Emory who have dealt with the disease.
Another step: further examination of the screening process at airports.
POTUS concluded remarks with a call to stay focused on the outbreak in Africa. “We have to make sure we do not lose sight of the international response,” he said. He warns that it it “rages out of control” there “it will spread globally.”
The meeting included Vice President Biden and a variety of Cabinet members and national security officials.