Barack Obama came into contact with medical staff responsible for treating a patient with Ebola, and now some wonder if the President might have contracted the deadly disease. According to NBC News, Obama shared the information himself, saying that he felt “perfectly safe” being in close physical contact with doctors and nurses at Emory University Hospital, all of whom treated at least one of the three Ebola patients that arrived in the U.S. from Africa.
“I want to use myself as an example, just so people have a sense of the science here: I shook hands with, hugged and kissed, not just the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory (hospital in Atlanta) because of the valiant work they did. And I felt perfectly safe in doing so,” Obama said.
Barack Obama has not shown any symptoms, and he doesn’t seem too concerned about coming down with the disease, but does that mean that he shouldn’t be worried? According to The Inquisitr, a recent study suggests that Ebola is airborne — that it can be transferred from person to person via exhaled breath and “infectious aerosol particles.” Surely Obama breathed the same air as these doctors and nurses in Atlanta… and he probably wasn’t wearing a mask.
The Huffington Post reports that Obama also talked about protocols, and said that if the right steps are followed, the chances of a huge Ebola outbreak are “very, very low.” However, the world knows that not every hospital is following a set of specific guidelines, and at least two Dallas nurses have already contracted the disease after caring for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan (now deceased).
Barack Obama admitted that not every hospital knows how to handle Ebola patients properly. However, he seemed confident that Emory was safe… and the people that he met there have not been infected… but can he know for sure?
“I think what we’ve all learned over the last several weeks is that folks here in this country and a lot of non-specialized hospitals and clinics don’t have that much experience dealing with these issues, and so we’re going to have to push out this information as aggressively as possible and that’s the instructions I’ve provided to my team.”
What would happen if the President of the United States contracted Ebola? Certainly his life would be saved, assuming the disease was caught early enough… right?
[Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File via MSNBC]