Monday, October 20, 2014

Now That We've Clarified That

BRITNEY HUGHES: Thank you, in a video message to countries in West Africa that are experiencing Ebola outbreaks, President Obama told residents that they cannot get the disease by sitting next to someone on a bus, but CDC recommendations state that travelers in West Africa who begin to show possible symptoms, or people whose experience a high risk of exposure should avoid public transportation including busses and we have also seen large amounts of concern regarding potentially infected people traveling on airplanes. My first question is did the CDC vet this video message before it was released and posted on U.S. Embassy websites, and is it true a person runs absolutely no risk of contracting Ebola on public transportation such as a bus.
TOM FRIEDEN: Yes, CDC vetted the message and yes, we believe it is accurate. I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is if you're a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone. The answer is no. Second if you're sick, and you may have Ebola should you get on a bus, the answer to that is also no. You might become ill; you might have a problem that exposes someone around you. Because the risk is so low, we think there is an extremely low likelihood that anyone who travelled on this plane would have been exposed, but we're putting into place extra margins of safety and that's why we're contacting everyone who was on that flight.

- From the transcript of the October 15, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Press Briefing


LA Grant said...

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Clearly Dr. Frieden is a first-rate...something, something....

Note that this is also the individual who is convinced of the efficacy of isolation to control the spread of Ebola in Texas, but who rejects the efficacy of quarantine to control the spread of Ebola across national boundaries.

Dr. 16-oz. Soda strikes again. (Hopefully you recognize that title as the crowning achievement of his position as former NY Mayor Bloomberg's Fat-and-Salt Czar.)

LA Grant said...

Always worth getting Hitler's opinion in the time of Ebola:

Michael Wade said...


Thanks for the link.

Forgive me but I've been taking Dr. Frieden's advice with a grain of salt.


LA Grant said...

Michael, you have been reported to the Outlawed Food Police.