Wildly gyrating responses to Ebola risks....
Begin with the morning news flash--had to happen, sooner or later. "Fox & Friends" reports that a health care worker who may have handled lab samples of the deceased Ebola patient from Liberia took a cruise. The Carnival cruise ship had 5,000 passengers! She & hubby self-quarantined on board (thankfully). The cruise departed Oct. 12; possible exposure was 19 days ago. When the ship docked in Belize the government refused to let anyone get off. Another item this AM: an Ohio bridal shop has closed down, because one Ebola-stricken nurse visited there.
The Obama folks take--finally--decisive action: quarantine rules for US military, but NOT for commercial travel from West Africa. The NRO editors present the common sense case for restricting travel from West Africa to the US; the White House should take note. Also, as Pat Buchanan notes, we lack the common sense of the "greatest generation" because we are corralled by P.C.
Meanwhile, it is not clear that 21 days quarantine is long enough for those exposed to Ebola. The average time after exposure for symptoms to appear is 8 to 10 days, with most cases evident after 15 days; but some appear as long as 42 days after infection.
Meanwhile, it turns out that several African countries avoided Ebola epidemics by--yes--closing their borders to West African states ravaged by the plague. Consider the latest in-flight news: a puking passenger died on a Nigeria-JFK flight; the CDC conducted a "cursory" exam and pronounced the passenger Ebola-free.
Oh, and by the way, guess where CDC's beleaguered chief, Dr. Thomas Frieden, came from? He was Mayor Mike Bloomberg's chief health guy, where he focused on politically correct faddism, as in regulating motorcycle helmets, playgrounds & video games.
Peggy Noonan sees "disdain" for voters in the administration's serial Ebola evasions:
The administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook. And its logic is worse than its language. In many of its actions, especially its public pronouncements, the government is functioning not as a soother of public anxiety but the cause of it.
Enjoy this gem of an exchange between Fox News achor Megyn Kelly and the hapless Frieden, as to a one-way travel ban from West Africa to the States:
TF: “Because you can’t get people in and out.”
MK: “Why can’t we have charter flights?”
TF: “You know, charter flights don’t do the same thing commercial airliners do.”
MK: “What do you mean? They fly in and fly out.”
Then read the full exchange between them.
Bottom Line. We remain highly vulnerable to Ebola due to lax measures at our end.
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