Who do you trust, Barack Obama or the CDC?
Via CNS News:
Speaking in a video message to residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents can avoid and respond to the deadly disease, telling them that “the first step in this fight is knowing the facts” – including, according to the president, that a person “cannot get [Ebola] through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.”
“First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu,” Obama explained in the video released by the White House Thursday. “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.”
Obama also explained 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, advises humanitarian aid workers from the United States who travel to countries currently experiencing Ebola outbreaks to “avoid public transportation” if they develop a fever or experience other Ebola-like symptoms while on their trip.
Listed among their online recommendations for travelers journeying to Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria or Sierra Leone, the CDC advises travelers who begin to exhibit possible Ebola symptoms and choose to visit a doctor to “Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation.”