- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 26, 2014

The American fight against Ebola must be driven by science and not fear, and stricter rules on workers returning from Africa could effectively heighten the risk to the U.S., the nation’s top infectious diseases official said Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said people returning from West Africa are not a risk to others if they do not exhibit symptoms of the virus.

Even so, state governments in New York and New Jersey are putting in place strict quarantine rules for travelers who return to the U.S. after interacting with Ebola patients.

“I’m concerned [about] the disincentive for health care workers,” Dr. Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union.

Many experts have said the best way to tamp down the risk to the U.S. is by fighting Ebola at its epicenter in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Volunteers might devote weeks of their lives to fighting the deadly virus only to face rules back home that go beyond scientific evidence, according to Dr. Fauci.

“People want to be completely 100 percent risk-free of anything,” he said, but there might be the “unintended consequence” of weakening the fight abroad.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide