While the CDC and other government health officials tell us that restricting flights from West Africa will have unintended consequences, polling shows that Americans aren’t buying it. A new poll from the Washington Post says 67% of the country would like to see restrictions in place. The official response: such restrictions would hamper our ability to send workers and supplies to West Africa. But these explanations are growing thinner by the day.

House Speaker John Boehner is among those Republicans calling for a change in policy.

A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that womens barbour jacket the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.

Instead of complying with these calls for a flight ban, government officials like Tom Frieden and the president have explained that screenings at five major American airports will do the job. These screenings involve taking the temperature of those traveling into the U.S. from West Africa. But these efforts aren’t going to be sufficient. We’ve been told time and again that Ebola has an incubation period, during which time the infected will be free of symptoms. That means: no fever. That means: no quarantine. That means: trouble.

American officials contend that a flight ban will only lead to more problems. People will travel to other countries in Africa and fly from there. That’s right. People are deceptive when they want something they can’t have. They may take a different flight. They may also lie to interviewers in the screening polo ralph lauren saleprocess that the CDC has recommended. Thomas Duncan did just that, and we see where that got us.

Right now, the American spread of Ebola is more or less under control. The threat is scary but the short-term reality isn’t. That could change, though, and it could change very quickly. Once it does – once we’re talking about an infection in L.A. and one in Memphis and one in Seattle – things have the potential to spiral out of control in a hurry. We cannot afford to wait until that happens to put a flight ban in place.

There are ways around the restrictions when it comes to delivering aid and workers to West Africa. C’mon. You’re telling me that the U.S. government with all of its resources can’t figure out how to delineate between commercial flights and canada goose banff parka specified flights for the purposes of stopping an epidemic? If that’s the case, then we’ve got bigger problems than any of us thought.

It doesn’t seem like it right now, but we got lucky with Thomas Duncan. What if he’d thrown up in a restaurant? What if he’d had sex with someone in the days after his flight landed? What if he’d sneezed on the food at the local supermarket? One person could mean the difference between a minor outbreak and a national plague. If we shut down flights from infected countries, canada goose jacket sale we reduce the risk of that happening. That’s more than enough reason to do so.

 

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