President Obama announced Monday, after meeting with top health and security officials about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, that the U.S. government is preparing additional measures to screen passengers in the U.S. and overseas as part of the expanding effort to contain the virus.
“We’re … going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States,” the president said.
Obama did not specify what exactly those measures would be. But two top U.S. health officials told Fox News earlier Monday that they were looking specifically at the issue of “entry screening” — or screening for passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken African nations.
After his meeting, Obama tried to assure Americans that the chance of an outbreak in the U.S. is “extremely low.” He said procedures are in place to “rapidly evaluate” those with symptoms.
Amid widespread public concern, the Obama administration has said that it won’t shut down flights from affected countries, particularly those in West Africa, arguing this would be counterproductive by restricting aid flights.
The Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa and has taken the biggest toll in Liberia. There aren’t enough beds in isolation units to keep up with the hundreds who get sick each week.
Curated from www.foxnews.com
Why isn’t the president calling for a travel ban to countries that are affected by the Ebola epidemic? With over 318 million lives at risk, one would think a better plan than screenings would be put into effect. Especially after the protocol failures in Dallas, Texas, where the first patient to develop Ebola symptoms on U.S. soil was misdiagnosed and sent home with antibiotics.
Rush Limbaugh’s Theory
Just want to mention Rush Limbaugh’s theory on why the president isn’t placing a travel ban. He feels that President Obama wants Americans to get ebola as a form of payback for slavery. Now that seems a little far fetched. This probably is nothing more than a publicity tactic by Rush Limbaugh.
The Real Truth
The real reason why President Obama is refusing to enact a travel ban is simply because he lacks the experience and know-how to perform his duties as the leader of the United States. I don’t believe he is intentionally trying to hurt the American people. However, his failure to understand the gravity of the situation at hand might lead to an epidemic of immense proportions. Perhaps luck will be on his side.