Regarding the Oct. 4 news article “ More Republicans call for travel bans because of Ebola”: On the one hand, we have Republican politicians who don’t possess significant knowledge of infectious disease in general or the Ebola virus in particular calling for a policy that at this point would be counterproductive.
On the other hand, we have the leader of the greatest infectious disease control agency, Dr. Tom Friedan of the CDC, with many of the best infectious disease experts in the world, who study and prepare for infectious disease outbreaks as part of their everyday work and planning, opposing a travel ban as counterproductive toward the goal of controlling and ending this epidemic.
And controlling, then ending the epidemic is the goal. We should have started a month earlier. The resources to do so must be on the ground in the affected countries.
As President Obama said, only the United States can deploy the medical and public health and military personnel, resources and infrastructure necessary to do the job. A travel ban would be a huge disincentive for Americans to go there and fight this war against a scary enemy.
Call me cynical, but I think Republican opposition to CDC recommendations is pure fear-mongering politics.