Thomas Eric Duncan came into the United States from Liberia and then starting exhibiting symptoms of Ebola.
Before Duncan and health officials figured it out, he came in contact with a lot of people.
The people with whom he came in closest contact are now in quarantine for at least 21 days, including his son, nephew and girlfriend.
Many Americans are now saying it didn’t have to be this way and are wondering why Duncan was allowed into the country in the first place.
They are wondering why even have borders or the ability to restrict air travel to and from certain places if we’re not going utilize either.
But top health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci who heads the World Health Organization warned on Monday that closing borders and restricting flights are bad ideas.
Dr. Fauci says, “The best way to protect America is to suppress the epidemic in West Africa.”
He went on to say that completely isolating the people of West Africa by not letting them in or out would also mean not letting much needed supplies in or out, which could cause civil unrest and government to fall, allowing the virus to spread to more West African countries and possibly beyond.
Dr. Thomas Frieden who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this:
So, it sounds like we’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t; possibly.
We have to risk exposing some Americans to Ebola so more Africans don’t get it, thus increasing the chances of more people around the world, including more Americans, getting it.
Some of the people who have contracted Ebola in Africa and have returned to the United States, like the NBC freelance cameraman, don’t even know exactly how they got it.
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta told me they may never know for sure.
That said, for your sake and mine, by keeping the borders open, I sure hope the CDC and the WHO know exactly what they’re doing.
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