March 11, 2017
Ebola: 'We Can't Just Cut Ourselves Off From West Africa,' President Obama Says

President Barack Obama appears steadfast in his opposition to Ebola travel restrictions. During his weekly Saturday morning address, the president claimed that enacting air travel restrictions for the Ebola zone areas would make the medical crisis worse.

Ebola is a virus "we know how to fight," according to President Obama. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said that "porous borders" will still allow people infected with Ebola to get into the United States, and the temperature screenings and questionnaires now offered at airports would not be able to track the cases.

Excerpt from President Obama's weekly address about Ebola.

"We can't just cut ourselves off from West Africa, where this disease is raging. Our medical experts tell us that the best way to stop this disease is to stop it at its source-before it spreads even wider and becomes even more difficult to contain. Trying to seal off an entire region of the world-if that were even possible-could actually make the situation worse. It would make it harder to move health workers and supplies back and forth. Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track."

The president also maintained the Ebola is a "difficult disease to catch." President Obama told the public that he has hugged doctors who have treated Ebola patients, and has met with a survivor of the potentially deadly virus. He also vowed that America would continue to help West Africa and lead the "global response" to curtail Ebola.

"Because if we want to protect Americans from Ebola here at home, we have to end it over there," Obama said.

While admitting that it is possible that more Ebola cases can happen in America, he does not feel a "full-blown outbreak" or an Ebola pandemic will occur in the United States. The president's weekly address was entitled, "What You Need to Know About Ebola."

The Obama administration has come under fire for appointing an Ebola czar who does not possess any type of medical background. Ron Klain previously served as the chief of staff to both Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore. New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer called the Ebola czar and "excellent choice" for the position.

Michigan Republican and House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton appears to strongly disagree about the suitability of the new Ebola czar.

"The public is desperate to believe that we will be safe from Ebola's spread. I was glad the president got off the campaign trail to finally focus on Ebola, but with this appointment of a 'czar' with no health background, he just got right back on."

Do you think travel restrictions and tighter border security are needed to prevent an Ebola pandemic in the United States?

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