Just because there is a fear of an Ebola virus outbreak in the United States does not mean that the U.S. government is planning to ban travel to West Africa anytime soon. In fact, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, said that Americans are not going to give into the Ebola fear or hysteria that comes along with it.
This speech comes on the heels of some reports that suggest the United States should ban travel to and from West Africa to prevent the virus from reaching U.S. shores. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued warnings that banning travel to this area could make things worse. There are obviously two sides to this debate, so what side does the president sit on? Well, he is on the side of not banning travel.
When talking about banning travel to West Africa, Obama said that his government has ruled out imposing any kind of ban on travel to West Africa. Isolating an entire region, he says, would likely make matters worse. Republicans in Washington, however, prefer the government to ban travel to the area.
Obama urge all Americans to not fall into the Ebola hysteria. Two cases in the United States is not considered an outbreak or an epidemic in any way. The best way to tackle the disease right now is to hit it at the source. This is the only way to keep it from spreading to the rest of the world.
Keeping it from spreading from West Africa is going to be hard. According to the United Nations, the Ebola outbreak has already killed 4,500 people since it started. This means that it’s the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
Obama said that sealing off this region may not even be possible, while it will make the situation much worse by making it harder to move supplies and health workers back and forth between the United States and West Africa. Experience shows that banning just one area is likely to cause people to change their travel plans on how they enter the United States. This would actually be worse because it would create a way for them to evade screening.
Obama finished up by saying that the United States isn’t in the middle of some major outbreak; West Africa is. This isn’t an epidemic for America, and Americans need to stay calm.
It has been reported by other media sources, however, that Obama is pretty upset with staff because of their inadequate response to the disease so far. Some of the medial officials in Washington have been given information that has been wrong.