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Barack Obama Ebola

Calls for public to avoid hysteria

18 Oct, 2014

Obama says in his weekly address that the virus must be kept in perspective, saying that ‘what we are seeing is not an outbreak or an epidemic in America.’ He notes that there have been three cases in a nation of 300 million, and says that he has met with a recovered patient. The U.S. knows how to fight the disease and knows the protocols, and has safely treated the five Americans who contracted the disease, while the CDC is stepping up efforts, and screening measures are in place. The U.S. can’t ‘cut itself off’ from west Africa but must stop the virus at its source. He says avoid panic:

All of us – citizens, leaders, the media – have a responsibility and a role to play. This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear-because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to be guided by the science. We have to remember the basic facts

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