Expert: Americans Should Not Panic About Ebola

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 12:31 PM

By Melissa Clyne

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Americans should not panic about the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, but "careful steps" need to be taken to mitigate chances of contracting the deadly virus, Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and president of the American Health Policy Institute, told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"You might want to think twice about that trip to Africa that you were thinking of taking right now, especially to western Africa," he said on "America’s Forum." "If you are in contact with someone who had the disease, you may want to think a little more carefully about a) your interaction with that person, and  b) whether you go to public health officials afterwards."

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives careful consideration to what message it wants to convey to the public, according to Troy.

"Panic is a very bad thing and one of the things that panic leads to is the phenomenon known as the worried well," he said. "People run to the emergency rooms thinking they have the symptoms. It's like those medical students in the first year that think they have the symptoms of every disease they learn about."

On Wednesday, the CDC issued a "high alert" for the Ebola outbreak, the first time it has gone to a Level 1 response since the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic, according to the New York Daily News.

High alert status means more careful watching of airports and travel into the United States, notifying hospitals about potential problems and notifying Washington and the CDC in Atlanta, when something questionable occurs, Troy said, noting that there are quarantined areas in American airports .

While Ebola is a very deadly disease, it’s very "manageable when you have an advanced health system," such as in the United States, he said. "We have good infection controls."

He added, "In Africa, it's not nearly as simple. You don't have these good public health measures, you don't have a lot of doctors and public health professionals."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. Rob Portman: 'We Should Try to Come Together as Americans'

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 12:53 PM

America is in trouble domestically and internationally, Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman told Newsmax TV's "America's Fo . . .

Telling It Like It Is: NFL Coverup Is About Making Money

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:29 PM

Ed Berliner: Serious problems have been covered up by the National Football League for years and they are never fixed be . . .

Daily Caller's Matt Lewis: Rand Paul's Had to 'Evolve and Adapt'

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 20:11 PM

Sen. Rand Paul has evolved his political ideology over the past year to keep up with fast-changing world events, even th . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved