When is the government going to ban all flights to and from West Africa? What are they waiting for, for the whole country to be infected with the Ebola virus?
It amazed me how the government insults the intelligence of the American people. Taking the temperature of people flying in through airports in New York, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta and the likes, it is considered good enough practice? Please, you don’t have to have a medical degree to have some knowledge of the situation.
When someone becomes infected with Ebola, they will not feel sick immediately. From two to twenty-one days, the person could feel normal, but inside their bodies, the virus is multiplying.
People with complete knowledge in the medical field would tell us that even if a person shows no symptoms of Ebola, they could still spread the virus during the incubation period.
The flights need to be banned, period. And if the major airlines are putting pressure on the government, which is a great possibility, for financial and economic reasons, it is the duty of the president of this great nation to step forward and protect the people he is supposed to represent.
Even Florida Senator Marco Rubio has called on President Obama to ban all flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
In a press conference at Miami International Airport Senator Rubio expressed his concern that Miami could become the door of entrance for Ebola. Rubio said that Miami receives thousands of passengers from the Caribbean and Latin America and should there be an outbreak in Latin America it would be disastrous for the United States with people coming here seeking free treatments.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said last week it defies common sense that people who had been exposed to the disease had traveled outside of the state, or in one case, boarded a cruise ship. Gov. Perry said he’s asked President Obama to enforce a no-fly list to prevent people who have been in contact with Ebola patients from boarding airplanes.
President Barack Obama said that he wouldn’t object to a travel ban if experts advise one is needed, but said that he hasn’t been advised that it is necessary.
Many people are wondering when the president’s supposed experts are going to see the danger on sight.
Didn’t we learn enough from the two nurses from Texas?
In my most humble opinion the second nurse infected with the Ebola virus in Texas, Amber Vinson, who according to news reports has been monitoring her own temperature for days, showed a great deal of insensitivity toward the well-being of others around her. She already had a fever when she traveled from Dallas to Ohio and back again to Dallas, putting at risk one hundred and something passengers on each flight, besides the many people she came in contact with during her stay in Ohio.
The flights to and from Africa should be banned completely. It is true that American citizens cannot be denied entrance into their own country, but if they have chosen to travel to a country infected with a deadly disease, they should pay the consequences and stay there until they acquire a little bit of common sense. The temperature of every domestic flight passenger should be monitored very closely and anyone with 99-degree fever should be denied boarding and immediately put on quarantine until all concerns are satisfied.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.