Rand Paul Wants You To Be So Fearful Of Ebola That He’ll Lie Through His Teeth To Make It Happen

rand-paul-idiotIt’s no secret that I think Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a spineless fool who’s going to say and do whatever he feels like he has to do in order to win the GOP nomination in 2016.

While there are other politicians I despise more (Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Louie Gohmert), in my book Rand Paul easily ranks as one of the biggest cowards in Washington. I just see so much of George W. Bush in him it’s not even funny. Not that they’re the same type of politician, but it’s my belief that the only reason why either of them achieved the level of success they did in their political careers is because of who their fathers are. I can guarantee that if Rand Paul’s father isn’t Ron Paul, he sure as heck wouldn’t be a United States senator right now.

But while Paul has done several things throughout his political career that I’ve found absolutely ridiculous, his recent comments about Ebola really set me off.

Senator Paul didn’t just spew the typical right-wing propaganda about why people should be irrationally terrified of a possible Ebola outbreak (despite the fact that pretty much everything the CDC has said about the virus has been accurate). He took it a step further by ignoring proven scientific medical facts to simply say pretty much whatever the hell he felt like saying.

“This is an incredibly contagious disease,” Paul said. “People in full gloves and gowns are getting it. So really they need to be honest, this is a very transmissible disease.”

“They’re still learning about this,” he added. “We’re all still learning about this. But this is not something that is hard to catch, this is something that appears to be very easy to catch.”

So, because a handful of people who’ve been in direct contact with people dying of Ebola have happened to catch the virus, that makes it “very transmissible.”

These statements have proven to be completely false.

Let’s look at some basic facts, shall we? We’ve had four people within the United States contract Ebola. Of those four, one was directly from Liberia (Thomas Duncan), two were nurses who were in direct contact with Duncan during his final days and another health care worker who was treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

Not a single person who was in contact with any of these people has caught the virus. 

That includes Duncan’s family, and they were in close contact with him for several days after he had started showing signs of the virus.

Ebola is not easy to catch; it’s only spread through infected bodily fluids by people who are already showing symptoms. If Ebola were easy to transmit then at least a couple of Duncan’s family would have gotten it, more Dallas health care workers would have been diagnosed with it, more aid workers in West Africa would be getting it and odds are several people on the plane who were flying with one of the Dallas nurses who took a flight from Cleveland would have already been diagnosed.

But that’s not what has been happening.

From the start the CDC, and basically every medical expert who’s discussed this virus, told people not to panic and that it was highly unlikely that Ebola would break out into any kind of pandemic. And despite the fact that exactly what these experts have said has come true, it hasn’t stopped people like Rand Paul from continuing to use Ebola fear-mongering heading into this year’s elections.

It’s both sad and pathetic.

Here we have a United States senator ignorantly pushing total and complete nonsense, despite the fact that nearly every medical expert on the planet (as well as the facts of what we’ve seen this past month in this country) is completely contradicting everything he said.

This just another example where facts and reality don’t seem to matter to Republicans. Their “reality” is seemingly based on what they want to be real, instead of actual reality. 

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • ML

    More GOP lies.

  • Avatar

    If Rand ask me a question which I would lie, it’d be felony because I’m not politician and he is the government. I always have said it and I will say it again, Rand Paul does NOT have a chance to be the resident of the White House ever. Period.

    • Steve Brains

      Uhm.. This is the FAKE Optha hole in his story because I am never gonna ge LEGALLY qualified so he had to INVENT his OWN licensing agency/////////????????? Guy?

      • Nemisis

        Toke a moment, SB. You are correct he is a self licensed ophthalmologist. Which I presume he uses as a basis for pulling the wool over the eyes of his supporters.

      • strayaway

        Paul isn’t “self-licensed”. Maybe you are thinking of the newly appointed ebola czar who has no medical training. “Paul has held a state-issued medical license since moving to Bowling Green in 1993.””In 1995, Paul passed the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) boards on his first attempt and earned board-certification under the ABO for 10 years. In 1997, to protest the ABO’s 1992 decision to grandfather in older ophthalmologists and not require them to be recertified every 10 years in order to maintain their status as board-certified practitioners, Paul, along with 200 other ophthalmologists, formed the National Board of Ophthalmology (NBO) to offer an alternative ophthalmology certification system.” -wikipedia

        “”I thought this was hypocritical and unjust for the older ophthalmologists to exempt themselves from the recertification exam,” he writes. “… Is it fair that the ophthalmologist down the street can claim board certification, without renewing it, but that a younger ophthalmologist, who passed the same boards, is disallowed?” -Rand Paul

      • Nemisis

        The problem with his certification is that he is not certified by the ABO. Therefore not licensed by the ABO.
        What he does is every ten years he founds a certification board in Kentucky and then he re-certifies with that board. It then dissolves.
        He has the medical training to be an optho, but he is not certified by the ABO anymore, and not since 1997.

        Do I agree with the ABO requiring 10 year re-certs? Most definitely.
        Here is why. Post service to my country as a submariner I took my training and became an automotive technician. That is not an over statement of qualification for auto mechanic. I was required to certify to maintain my ASE certification. In which every specialty I focused in. Since I preformed as a mobile garage, I needed certification in every aspect from mechanical to electrical to electronic to structural.
        That is very time intensive. Added to that I was required to by licensed bonded insured and could be held criminally responsible for faulty repairs that resulted in lose of life.
        How does a mechanic compare to a Dr. ? Well people are basically machines, granted different models but typically the same design.
        The automotive industry evolves rapidly and with it the technology within it. Medicine evolves and with it the the technology as well.
        People can devolve over time; They fall into ruts or get set in their ways. Re-certifying exposes them to new methods, and treatments they may not have been exposed to due to a variety reasons. My experience is that people can be lazy. Where Paul has demonstrated the willingness to short cut with plagiarism and out right mis-information I would expect that he falls into this category.

        That the older Optho’s were grandfathered looks to me like a compromise. The ABO wanted 10 year re-certs and the only way to get them was to grand father everyone before the adoption of the practice. Happens all the time. That Paul creates a self-serving certification board speaks volumes to his character. He is certainly willing to re-certify as long as he controls the certification. It is a conflict of interest and a dangerous one. Imagine if the brain surgeon working on your brain was certified in such a manner.
        It is as if he is saying “I am an eye doctor because I said so.”
        That is like me saying “I am a nuclear reactor technician because I know how to build one.” (and I do. It might go Chernobyl but it would definitely be a reactor.)

        Paul founds the certifying body, the certifying body certifies Paul.
        Self licensing at it’s finest.

      • strayaway

        Again, “Paul has held a state-issued medical license since moving to Bowling Green in 1993.” He is licensed. He was protesting low standards set by the existing Board. He and 200 other doctors set up this other board for awhile. If you feel safer going to a doctor who has been grandfathered in but pays his fees to get a gold star on his forehead go to him.

        The best mechanic I ever had was a next door neighbor who worked out of his garage when he felt like it. He had an alcohol problem, he probably wasn’t certified, but he could fix anything.

        Paul is primarily a Senator now. I don’t know if he is taking patients. I did notice an article about him recently treating people gratis in Central America. Again, you have a choice in 2016 if Paul even gets the nomination. You can vote for him or the warmonger. She isn’t certified to correct vision either. President Obama and his wife are presently unlicensed lawyers. That doesn’t bother me. Why is it more important for Paul to have some sort of certification to be an eye doctor in Kentucky than it is for the Obama’s to have lawyer certification in Illinois?

      • Nemisis

        I see we’re just sourcing from different places on Rand Paul’s medical license in KY.

        The difference between a mechanic and certified ASE mechanic is not the ability to fix anything. Most really good mechanics are able to fix anything. I was un-certified for many years. It wasn’t till I certified that I started to pull down serious buck and was recruited for work as a mobile tech. I no longer do that due to an injury that was worked on by a “dr” with certifications but a bigger ego than actual knowledge. So that may play a part in why I tend to not trust a person who certifies outside the normal procedures by making his own certification board. In Ky he is licensed, by his own board created for the purpose of giving him a certification. I would not be able to create my own certification board, call it the NSE for national service excellence, and then expect it to be recognized anywhere. I could make neat sleeve patches and certificates to frame and hang on a wall, but that would still be deceptive.

        His actual certifications are not really the issue.
        It is the impropriety of the claims.
        The type of character displayed.
        The willingness to deceive by trickery.
        That is what is really the issue.

        The Obama’s voluntarily gave up their rights granted by the Illinois Bar to practice law in Illinois.
        They did not create their own Bar association that would allow them to practice law.
        That is the difference there.

      • Steve Brains

        Bingo!!!! and The Silver Haze is still hanging for 3 more weeks in a controlled cure to mellow the 19% content.

      • Steve Brains

        Wool over their eyes. I thought the sheep had the wool and the sheepDOG had the bangs?

  • He is totally playing to the GOP/Teabag base. Cowards. They are constantly screaming the sky is falling and running around petrified and then getting angry they are so scared. This is how people like Gohmert and Cruz get elected.

    • Macdoodle

      If it is not easy to catch then you wouldnt hesitate to walk into a room with an Ebola patient in it while not wearing protective gear right?

      • Di Kelley

        *eye roll.* Because you can still come in contact with *body fluids*, which is how it’s transmitted, if you don’t wear the protective gear.

      • lindylou

        Jee Whiz, Di, you are into touching strangers’ pee, poop, vomit, sweat, or semen as some sort of sick hobby?

      • Steve Brains

        LMAO!! YES HE IS!!!!!

        most often, straight in the mouth!!!

      • Di Kelley

        Also, Steve, I am very much a woman.

      • Steve Brains

        Well BEless my little pointed head. Sorry. Small pics make you look like the dead Allman Brother.

      • Jim Bean

        You need to change your last name to something more fitting.

      • Steve Brains

        Brains is My first name. I forgot the comma. As in Bear, Theodore.

      • Jim Bean

        “Brains is My first name. I forgot the comma.” I really can’t think of anything to add to that.

      • Steve Brains

        Then you shouldn’t have posted @ all.

      • Di Kelley

        Uh, no. I was pointing out a fallacy in the argument that it’s an extremely easy to catch disease, which it is not, that is all. Bringing a statement like that into things shows the kind of person you are, lindy.

      • Adam of Portland

        Mmm…strangers’ pee, poop, vomit, sweat, or semen…lglglglglglg…

      • Nemisis

        Health care providers are always at risk of coming into contact with bodily fluids. Especially at ER triage centers. These workers are medical professionals with advanced training and they still are subject to unexpected exposure to all forms of maladies that are transmitted via body fluids. They certainly don’t go around chomping on turds and sipping sweet pee.
        I understand the need for humor and I certainly do get a chuckle out of some of the reactions I see from people.
        The reality of the situation is if a person is not very diligent they can expose themselves to a disease like Ebola without even consciously thinking about it.
        Keep in mind Ebola is a nasty bug, but it is defeated with mild soapy water with a little bleach in it. Yep, the same method a person should use to wash their dishes.
        Let’s just hope that this bug never becomes an airborne transmittable bug.

      • Jim Bean

        You do that every time you leave a public restroom. This virus can live outside the human host (on the restroom door handle, for example) for 23 days.

      • Di Kelley

        Bodily fluids through a break in the skin or mucus membranes, and the amount that would live on a door handle is infintesmaly small compared to the viral load of the aid workers that are treating the African patients.

        Also, like Nemesis said, It is killed by *basic methods of sanitation.* that we use in this country on our hands, bodies, and flatware. A bit of diligence like washing your hands after using the toilet or hand sanitizer after touching a doorknob or other such surface kills the virus in its tracks.

      • Jim Bean

        True. But you have to get it right every time and no human does.

      • Di Kelley

        Then perhaps it’s time to educate people on that proper diligence instead of say. ..making it sound like it’s going to be the next Anthrax.

      • Jim Bean

        And we can say its time for people to limit their sexual activities to adulthood and committed relationships instead of say . . . .putting all the focus on abortion. (Just saying. Am not anti-abortion.)

      • Di Kelley

        I’m all for providing reliable contraception at no cost to every woman who wants it, to be perfectly honest. You’d get no argument from me about that. Prevention of the unwanted condition (And yes, I consider an unwanted pregnancy a condition, and this one with life long consequences for the woman) is a lot better than curing it, if it can be done.

        Because that is the answer. Rather than shame a woman for activities which harm no one, let’s make it safer for her to do.

      • Jim Bean

        I agree with the first paragraph. However, a great many of these unwanted pregnancies are not the result of contraception being unavailable, they are from reckless behavior (man and woman) , they DO hurt other people, and a certain amount of social disapproval can’t hurt.

      • Di Kelley

        I am in full disagreement with social disapproval of any kind of the behavior in someone else’s bedroom. And actually, statstically, more of them are due to said contraceptives being either unavailable or prohibitively expensive and thereby not used than outright recklessness. I’ve heard tales of teen pregnancies that took place *because* of the fear of reprisals from parents. In the homes where parents not only realize that teens are going to be sexually active most likely but take steps to make that activity safer *for their teens*, the rates of unwanted pregnancy are much lower.

        This coming from a woman who’d lived her teen years in just such a home and ended up taking the necessary steps myself of educating myself (partly via a school’s sexual education program which during my day *included* contraceptive education and partly from reading and looking things up myself because research has always been something I enjoyed) instead of relying on the fear of their disapproval to keep me out of trouble. Where my sister became pregnant with her first child at the age of seventeen and gave birth at eighteen because she did not avail herself of the education of the risks of her behavior and there by was ignorant of how to minimize them.

        Edit to also point out: Planned Parenthood was much more wide spread when I was a teen, and they gave out the appointments necessary to get the contraceptives and dispensed them for free when I was that wage.

      • Jim Bean

        Here’s the way it is. I grew up in the fifties and sixties. Teenage and premarital sex was socially discouraged rather than glorified and the big issues of the day weren’t abortion and free contraceptives. It wasn’t 100% effective or even close to it but it sure was miles better than whatever the hell this is the Left has replaced it with.

      • Di Kelley

        Yes, and women were also kept trapped in their homes and dependent. Things *change*, the best thing to do is roll with the changes and minimize the risks that those changes bring the best that one can. And I can tell you I wouldn’t return to the fifties where abuse was never spoken of and kept behind locked doors, where women were kept in domestic servitude and expected to like it, and children were shamed for being children unless they were boys for anything in this world.

      • fbc28277

        You make it my business and everyone elses when you expect us to pay for it with our tax dollars.

      • Di Kelley

        Everyone in this country is expected to pay in their fair share in taxes. Everyone should pay into a system that all would get the benefit of. You don’t want aboriton? Don’t *get* one. Simple as that. But just as tax money from you is paying into a system, should this become a reality, where someone else can get an abortion, so their tax money is paying into a system where you can go to the doctor and buy viagra. And again, I also don’t see why anyone would have an issue with making sure adequate *contraception* is available for everyone, even if the taxes you’re paying do contribute, in order to reduce the abortion rates.

        Honestly, I’m more eye rolling at the people who are not wanting to chip into a system that reduces the aborition rate by providing reliabe contraception when they’re out there screaming about “babies being killed.”

      • strayaway

        Or get within 3 feet of someone coughing or sneezing or sharing a confined space for too long or being a nurse wearing CDC approved protective gear. CDC has since changed its protocols and requires protective gear to cover necks since the mishaps in Dallas.

      • Di Kelley

        You can not get it from coughing or sneezing. It is only transmissable in the same way that AIDS would be. The bodily fluids of someone who is *currently showing symptoms* coming into direct contact with an open wound or mucus membranes. In other words, if it can not get directly to the bloodstream, you will not get it.

        Also, to address the “800% increase*, Mali and the Congo are both countries with very poor medical care and extremely poor sanitation. That pretty much explains that.

      • strayaway

        Wrong again Di – at least according to the CDC. “if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.” -CDCdotgov

        Also, were you to keep up, MIT has just released a study showing viruses can stay suspended in the air in very small droplets for up to 19.6 feet. I was just going by the 3′ visible droplets are observed to travel. The MIT study is still controversial. Also, I came across this: “The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.”-MSDS/Chemical Management online.” Although slightly off topic, there is also this, “When dried in tissue culture media onto glass and stored at 4 °C, Zaire ebolavirus survived for over 50 days.” -Public Health Agency of Canada

        Congo and Mali explains what? My 800%+ number = The 40,000 who are expected to get sick in December divided by everyone who had contracted ebola (5,000) prior to Mr. Duncan becoming sick. 40,000/5,000=8, an 800% increase in cases in just three months.

      • Nemisis

        Let’s hope the numbers expected is the high end of worse case.

        That the numbers are so high is a clear indication that these countries are not prepared for Ebola.
        This is also why a highly trained military medical mission is needed.

        Why a military level mission.
        A civilian mission would be much more relaxed in containment protocols . (Ref: Dallas)
        A military mission can not only prevent infected from leaving treatment they can provide security for aid workers from the frightened masses that should be expected. Additionally they can enforce proper observance of protocols for access to containment/ treatment centers.

        Why containment/treatment.
        Unfortunately if there is no real cure for the disease then containment is all there can be. The job of the aid worker then is that of a hospice worker.

        Of course, we could just glass the infected zones.
        (not really)

      • strayaway

        I’m ok with the military mission to Africa except Congress should be behind this instead of leaving the President out on a limb if anything goes wrong. One estimate is that another 5,000 foreign medical personnel are needed to get on top of this. Of major nations, Britain seems to have contributed proportionately the most. France is operating in Guinea, Britain in Sierra Leone. Russia, China, and the oil $tates seem to be holding back although China will be sending 200 personnel and contributing $81M. The world community would be doing itself a favor getting rid of ebola before it mutates into something even more contagious.

        There is some hope in recycling recovered ebola victims. They don’t need all the protective gear and offer current patients hope. Their blood has antibodies useful for helping others recover. It seems there should be an international program to pay recovered patients well for both their time and blood.

        Our State Department was considering bringing in foreign medical personnel to the US to treat their ebola. This received a frosty reception so the State Department retreated on that issue.

      • Nemisis

        It’s a plan then…too bad our congress can’t decide on which side to butter toast.

      • Di Kelley

        There is also the fact that once you recover you’re immune for a period of time, which doesn’t seem to be getting much coverage. Someone gets sick? Treat them until they recover and send them back out into the field, they will be unable to contract the disease and unable to transmit it for as long as that protection lasts. Stop it in its tracks.

      • strayaway

        I’m totally with you on that. There has already been success in having former ebola patients work with patients. Also, there blood has anti bodies.

      • Di Kelley

        Again, very small number of cases compared to in Africa where their sanitation and medical care is *horrid*. The point being, people are getting up in arms and fear mongering over something that is not nearly so big a deal as they are making it out to be, those people being conservative republicans, because they want to get elected. For me, the huge issue is the motive behind the fear mongering, and to be honest it makes me pretty mad.

        And I’m voting Dem anyway, so it doesn’t much affect me, but ramping up fear because you want someone to vote for you is just outrageious.

      • strayaway

        Why are you in denial? I already gave you the quote from CDC saying you can get ebola from sneezing and coughing. Before you were claiming, “You can not get it from coughing or sneezing”. Now you are retrenching saying the chances of getting it from a sneeze are less than from vomit. Then you go on to compare getting ebola with getting a cold. I read another liberal who said that 5 thousand Americans die from the flu annually so what’s the big deal about a handful of ebola cases. I wondered if he would be ok with 2,500 flu and 2,500 ebola deaths. Unlike colds and the flu with maybe the Spanish Flu of 1918 being an exception, ebola is much more lethal than either if it gets out of control. I hope that Obama’s mishandling of this will cost votes to Democrats (and Republicans) who take the President’s tolerant position of importing ebola. Australia has now imposed a 21 day quarantine on people from ebola epidemic countries. That makes sense. Why tolerate some ebola when it can be kept out? This is all temporary I think. Maybe a year from now, the disease will have spent itself and we can all go back to normal. I just don’t want to be playing host to ebola.

      • Nemisis

        Where are your numbers from?

      • No. But I also wouldn’t go into a room without the proper PPE with someone with Tuberculosis or Influenza. That argument, again, is without merit.

        The GOP is fear mongering plain and simple. Because if they weren’t, they would be screaming about Tuberculosis and Influenza. Because you are more likely to die from those two, than you are Ebola in this country.

      • suesista

        Who’s saying to do that? The facts are plain—nobody is asking you to smear yourself with Ebola feces just to prove something. How ridiculous can you be? Either you lack reading comprehension or you’re trolling. You can’t catch this virus from being near someone who isn’t showing symptoms…and you don’t need a hazmat suit if you’re around someone who isn’t sick. Jeez. Go sit with Rand Paul—obviously that’s where you belong.

    • Jim Bean

      Kinda like global warming, then?

  • GenerallyConfused

    When it comes down to it, Rand Paul and his ilk only know how to promote fear and propaganda. The amount of both in this country is extremely disconcerting to any rational thinking person.

  • joe

    The similarity between what is happening with Ebola and the claims like Paul’s and AIDS are too close to be ignored.
    The only difference is the reason for the fear mongering. One was to vilify Gay people, the other to win elections.
    But they are both about politics.

    • Steve Brains

      We have a week.

      EBOLA farts in the polls?

      Watch this space.

  • Cat Marcuri

    See, they’ve been trying to use the Ebola thing as a way to scare voters away from the polling places. The problem is, and I don’t think they thought of this, only their ignorant and superstitious supporters will avoid voting for fear of Ebola. People who vote Democrat tend to have brains of their own and even use them to think logically about the situation. They’ll sum it up, say “nope, there’s nothing to fear” and go out and vote.

    • strayaway

      Do you have any evidence to support your claim or is your tin foil hat on too tight? If Republicans are more afraid of ebola than Democrats, wouldn’t trying to scare people away from the polls be counter productive to Republicans?

      • Steve Brains

        If you HAVE a brain…
        USE IT!

    • Nemisis

      A recent Study has shown that republicans are susceptible to contracting Ebola. This proclivity is intensified in places where lots of people congregate and then go into a secluded booth for as little as a few seconds.

  • lindylou

    Let him keep scaring people: maybe they will be frightened to leave the house to vote next week.

  • Tom Foster

    CDC knew of this disease before he was hatched!

    • Nemisis

      Reptile or avian?

  • Steve Brains

    1) an OUTBREAK implies a BREACH of containment.
    2) the PRESIDENT has contained ………………………….
    3) HORRIFICATION of truth
    SHOULD BE a terror-crime.

  • Steve Brains

    Ft Detrick HATCHED this monster!!!

  • Stephen Barlow

    Isn’t the PATRIOT ACT supposed to ProTect us from TERRORISM?

    • Nemisis

      The NSA has not been able to monitor any Ebola cell phone usage.

  • Jennifer King

    In the same amount of time Ebola has been in our country, more kids have died in school shootings than people have died of Ebola in the US. Chew on that for a bit. But no, let’s loose our heads over Ebola while I have to talk to my kids about what to do in case someone comes into their school with a firearm.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Before we trust what he says as a doctor, we need to remember that he had to invent his own medical specialty board because he didn’t want to take the real test.

    Then just more tea party fear mongering.

  • forpeace

    Frankly, I am more fearful of pathological liar Rand Paul than Ebola.

    Poor Rand Paul is also using Ebola “fear and paranoia” talking points for November election to benefit the GOTP.

    Which of the right-wing websites or people did Rand plagiarize his ideas from this time?

    • Nemisis

      Nice one. I was just thinking that he could not possible have come up with that alone. After all he has to put peanut butter inside his lower lip to remind him to breath.

  • Alice

    Yes, they are fear-mongering, however, you are talking about people that have gotten the virus in the US. Healthcare workers in Africa wearing the protective gear in Africa *are* getting the virus. A nurse in Nigeria wearing space-suit kind of protective gear took off one of her gloves to pull out the IV of a dead patient and got the virus. He’s fear-mongering, but not lying: It is incredibly contagious.

    • Nemisis

      Your statement while accurate exposes how the worker contracted the infection. She broke protocol. Perhaps a 21 day no fly back observation period is in order. I would feel safer.
      However, a determined person is going to find a way to skirt that rule.
      (selfish needs trump all)
      I agree it is a rather contagious disease. I would have no problem getting fully suited up in a positive vent suit and emptying a bed pan provided the protocols were observed at all times and prior to my getting out of the suite I spent a few minutes under spray of bleach and soapy water.
      In the Nigerian case of the nurse. As soon as she took her glove off she was no longer in a bio-suit.

      I wonder just how far Rand Paul is willing to take this fear mongering.
      Perhaps by 2016 he will be promising a bio-suit for everyone.

  • Adam of Portland

    When I want furnace advice, I listen to HVAC technicians, not salespeople. When I want medical advice, I listen to doctors and nurses, not “salespeople” (aka politicians). Sadly, this is not a credo by which all people live.

  • Nemisis

    Rand Paul, not the worse but certainly not the best.

  • Jim Bean

    Not that I think there is anything Obama can do to prevent it, I don’t. But the risk of Ebola becoming a significant problem is here is considerable. All it takes (for example) is one affected person to arrive here on a cargo vessel. That person, unaware of what his symptoms represent infects a few more who are also unaware and spread it to a few more. I could very easily get way out of hand.

  • Gina CL

    This information is not quite correct. You say four people … Last month, two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were treated successfully at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

  • Shirley Nanos

    Ebola is not a political problem. It can cause a pandemic. Just because Obama thinks he knows everything and wants to bring in sick people from Africa to get cured here does not make him anything except an idiot. Get our troops out of Ebola Africa, they are not trained and they should not be there. Keep people from Africa infected areas on a no fly list. What is the matter with all you liberals. you all suck.