The Obama administration should treat the Ebola outbreak as a humanitarian and public health issue. Our leaders should avoid panic and do the things that work to contain and eventually eradicate the disease in Africa. That’s according to a panel of experts speaking this week at The Heritage Foundation.
Robert Kadlec, Tevi Troy, Tara O’Toole, and Heritage ‘s Charlotte Florance agreed that we aren’t doing enough, and recommended a few “dos and don’ts” for policymakers and citizens alike.
- Clearly establish U.S. logistic capabilities in controlling the domestic Ebola outbreak.
- Figure out better ways to transport victims of Ebola in Africa to their treatment centers to ensure they are fully utilized and effective.
- Utilize the private sector both in the U.S. and in Africa to implement safe and effective counter measures.
- Restrict travel or enforce quarantines without clear and scientific cause.
- Give out vaccines or other forms of treatment without conducting thorough and conclusive safety trials.
- Fall into a state of panic or believe that we know nothing about Ebola, which is how the media often portrays the issue.
Considering Ebola a national security issue also doesn’t help, Heritage’s James Caravan explains on The Daily Signal. “The best way to deal with a disease outbreak is to follow sound public-health policies, not cloud the issue with the trappings of national security.”
What do you think should be done to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.?