Ebola in America, while an alarming news story, has not exactly proven to be a public health threat just yet — with exactly one person out of the nearly 320 million residents of the United States contracting the disease on domestic soil. This did not stop a panel of Fox News pundits on Monday from calling for extreme measures to contain the deadly disease, even measures that Fox News has vehemently opposed in the past.
While Fox News has worried in the past that President Barack Obama is using the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create concentration camps to confine American citizens, a similar step is exactly what Fox contributor Stacey Dash wants implemented, as a response to the yet-to-materialize mass outbreak of Ebola in America.
The 47-year-old actress-turned-commentator, best known for her roles in the film and TV series Clueless, said on the Fox News panel discussion program Outnumbered Monday that every American state should create “a special facility” just for people who might have Ebola.
“I think they should set up special centers for just Ebola in each state. They shouldn’t be letting people go into regular hospitals, where it could be spread,” Dash said. “For this specific disease, we should have a special facility with specially trained people. In each city. That way it’s not spread, and when the person walks in, they know what they’re looking for, they know if they find it, they know how to contain it. And they know how not to infect themselves.”
During the same Ebola discussion, other Fox News panelists suggested that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani should be appointed Surgeon General — despite a complete absence of medical background or qualifications — and that Americans should not go hospitals at all when they are sick, with Ebola or anything else.
That latter suggestion, proposed by panelist Paul Mecurio, was even too extreme for the members of the Fox New discussion, getting some pushback from Outnumbered co-host Sandra Smith.
“Mecurio called visiting U.S. hospitals ‘not a good thing in this country,’ saying that sending patients to a hospital is a ‘bad health protocol.’
“But Smith cautioned, ‘I would be very careful about saying hospitals were not the place to go in this country.'”
Harris Faulkner, another co-host of the Fox News show, accused President Obama of “really letting us down” by allegedly failing to appoint a surgeon general who could oversee measures to stop the spread of Ebola.
But Obama did in fact nominate a doctor, Vivek Murthy, to fill the vacant surgeon general position earlier this year. But Murthy’s nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans who objected to Murthy’s view that guns pose a public health threat.
Gun violence kills approximately 30,000 Americans every year, compared to the one person who has ever died in the United States due to Ebola.
Fox News panelist Andrea Tantaros, however, suggested Giuliani as a surgeon general nominee that Republicans could support because, she said, when Giuliani was mayor of New York, he “put together and extensive set of doomsday plans for this city.”
The Fox News commentator suggested that Giuliani’s response to the 9/11 Attacks indicates that he could also organize efforts to control Ebola. View the Fox News discussion of Ebola in America, below.