Obama: We’ll Keep Ebola Out by Letting West Africans In | CNS News

The Ebola President

The Ebola President

(CNSNews.com) – “I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban, if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe,” President Obama said on Thursday.

Obama said the experts have advised him that it’s more effective to let West Africans into the U.S. than it would be to keep them out.

“The problem is that in all the discussions I’ve had thus far with experts in the field, experts in infectious disease, is that a travel ban is less effective than the measures that we are currently instituting, that involve screening passengers who are coming from West Africa.”

Obama said it’s important to continue screening West Africans before they get on planes and then after they arrive in the U.S. to see if they’re showing signs of disease. Sick people should get medical evaluations, he said. And people who are not sick should list their contact information.

“If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols that we put in place now, history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance. People do not readily disclose their information. They may engage in something called broken travel, essentially breaking up their trip, so they can hide the fact that they have been to one of these countries where the disease is in place. And as a result, we may end up getting less information about who has the disease. They’re less likely to get treated properly, screened properly, quarantined properly. And as a consequence we could end up having more cases rather than less.”

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