CARSON WARNED ABOUT EBOLA MONTHS AGO
A case of Ebola Anxiety is upon us: analysts spout statistics, the press is swollen with alarming coverage, pollsters are busy diagnosing public distress and Comedy Central host John Stewart saw fit to dump hand sanitizer all over his script during a recent broadcast. The potentially dire situation has been politicized after President Obama proclaimed it was unlikely the disease would emerge in the U.S. Yes, well.Interesting to note that some who are both medically and politically inclined were already onto the potential Ebola impact a while ago. Dr. Ben Carson was urging U.S. health officials to be vigilant and aggressive about the threat almost two months ago when a U.S. doctor returned to his home soil for treatment backin August.
“Ebola is a terrifying disease. I am a little concerned that we’re bringing it back here. It can survive outside the host, for several days at least. Why do we even risk such things when we can send experts? We can send a plane. We can create a hospital somewhere. We can export that preparedness,” Dr. Carson told NewsMax on Aug. 3, with a serious bedside manner indeed.
“Why would we bring that into our country, why would do we expose ourselves? I certainly would have treated it where it is. All it requires is some infractions in procedures, and all of sudden, it’s spread,” he advised.
Lawmakers who are also physicians are slowly weighing in; there are 17 doctors currently serving in the U.S. House, three in the Senate. Sen. Rand Paul is among the first to cut to the chase about dealing with Ebola.
“I really think it is being dominated by political correctness. And I think because of political correctness, we’re not really making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this,” the Kentucky Republican — an opthamologist - told radio host aura Ingraham. “It’s ridiculous for them to be underplaying this threat and saying no big deal. I’ve been saying this for about a month now. It’s a mistake. A big mistake to underestimate the potential for problems worldwide,” immediate aftermath,” the frugal but thorough beancounters say.
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