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Stop worrying about catching Ebola on a plane

Dr. Jen Gunter

Ebola paranoia reached new heights this week. Two health care workers infected is a very scary thing, but this should be mostly frightening for health care workers as caregivers are the people most at risk of catching Ebola.

The CDC has issued conflicting statements, which doesn’t help. When people are worried then need a strong lead. Waffling about who exactly should be quarantined and what that means, if they should fly, etc. doesn’t exactly instill confidence. In fact, it has triggered a fear-fueled version of six degrees of separation.

There has been a flurry of contacting travelers who may have been on the flights with Amber Vinson, the second health care worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan and subsequently tested positive for Ebola. Hundreds of people have been contacted. Planes have been decontaminated and seat fabric replaced. Even schools have closed for intensive cleaning. In Texas because students or…

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