by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Ebola is a cinematic nightmare come to life. The mainstream media has provided Americans with a steady stream of contradictory reports, many of which are simply not believable. At issue, among other things, has been the length of incubation periods, when it becomes contagious, how it may be transmitted, treatment protocol and Obama’s steadfast refusal to stop importing this highly contagious virus which has a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.
Many politicians and citizens alike have been imploring our government to temporarily ban flights to and from West Africa. The standard government response is that if we ban flights to and from West Africa, it will only make matters worse because we will not be able to get aid into the affected areas that need it the most. It is precisely this type of “double talk” coming out of the White House that is infuriating Americans, as we quickly approach Election Day.
Who said anything about stopping flights providing medical aid and attention for West Africa? Certainly, we should do everything in our power to help the people of West Africa and the world in eliminating this horrible virus. But does that mean we should continue to allow passenger flights in and out of West Africa? Why has our government chosen to throw caution to the wind, instead of subscribing to what otherwise would appear to be common sense.
The current conditions practically scream for temporary flight bans, yet these screams are falling upon deaf White House ears. If God forbid more people start contracting Ebola in the United States, the exponential spread of the virus could result in more deaths than every war our country has ever fought in put together. Even a partial resultant shut down of industry in our country would destroy our already failing economy.
Some people have suggested that we should implement legislation to have laws in place to dictate policy in events like this. But do we really need Ebola legislation? How is it that 2 plus 2 now equals 5 and no longer equals 4? The Obama administration has been accused of being too slow to act on many different fronts and in doing too little, too late. This is one instance where not only our country, but the entire world cannot afford that Obama luxury.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.