Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), argues that stringent travel restrictions to and from West Africa might create more problems than they solve. The two main concerns are that health care workers will be deterred from traveling to those countries and their livelihoods will be impeded by a mandatory 21-day quarantine.
Donald Trump blasted the CDC, as a call-in guest on Fox & Friends on Monday, for its failure to establish strict guidelines on screening and quarantining people coming to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa.
“I don’t think the CDC has any standards, because as far as they’re concerned, you can come into the country and do whatever you want.”
The 68-year-old real estate mogul and TV personality has been blaming the spread of Ebola on President Obama and his failure to ban flights from West Africa, which Trump believes will prevent patients who may be carrying the deadly virus from entering the United States. However, there are no direct flights between the U.S. and Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Craig Spencer, who is currently in quarantine at Bellevue Hospital, was working in Guinea with the group Doctors Without Borders. His flight into the United States originated in Brussels, Belgium, not Africa.
Trump continued to criticize the CDC with the Fox and Friends panel:
“They were supposed to be home, self-quarantined, except they decided to go out and have a good time. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and the CDC should be ashamed of themselves, and our government should be ashamed of itself, because frankly, we should stop it at the source.
A Today Show poll conducted on Facebook asked its viewers, “Should there be a mandatory quarantine in the U.S.?” The poll received over 7,500 votes, of which 94% responded YES, while 6% answered NO.
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