Despite the CDC’s call for people in Ebola-stricken nations to “avoid public transportation,” Barack Obama has said: “You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting on a bus.”
In fact, Obama said:
First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu. You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus. You cannot get it from another person until they start showing symptoms of the disease, like fever.
He also said that “the most common way you can get Ebola is by touching the body fluids of someone who is sick or has died from it, like their sweat, saliva or blood, or through a contaminated item like a needle.”
The CDC recommends that those with Ebola symptoms “not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital,” and that ” if you get symptoms of Ebola, it is important to stay away from other people and call your doctor right away.”
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On a separate page, the CDC writes more about traveling with Ebola symptoms:
“Controlled movement requires people to notify the public health authority about their intended travel for 21 days after their last known potential Ebola virus exposure. These individuals should not travel by commercial conveyances (e.g. airplane, ship, long-distance bus, or train). Local use of public transportation (e.g. taxi, bus) by asymptomatic individuals should be discussed with the public health authority. If travel is approved, the exposed person must have timely access to appropriate medical care if symptoms develop during travel. Approved long-distance travel should be by chartered flight or private vehicle; if local public transportation is used, the individual must be able to exit quickly.”
What do you think? Was Obama just flat out contradicted by his own CDC?