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News anchor delivers Ebola message everyone needs to hear

NEW YORK (WITI) — Fox News anchor Shepard Smith took three minutes of his show on Wednesday, October 15th to blast the media’s Ebola hysteria.

“We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere,” Smith said. “We do have two healthcare workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America. Not one person in the general population in the United States.”

Smith also explained that politics has played a role in the way Ebola is being handled.

“With midterm elections coming, the party in charge needs to appear to be effectively leading,” he said. “The party out of power needs to show that there is a lack of leadership.”

Click the video above to listen to his message.

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20 comments

  • Jess

    Your statement is false. Please state facts and try to see current methods are failing. We only have 11 beds available at highly trained facilities. We get at how to pamphlet and hospitals are not designed to expose of waste like Emory and other 3 designated and designed to do so. There is much room for error. Thank you from a nurse.

  • Melissa

    It’s about time someone brings us back to reality. While yes, ebola is a very contagious and dangerous disease, way too many people are freaking out. Just because two people in the hugly populated United States have contracted the disease does NOT mean it’s going to be the next epidemic. Settle down people.

    • John G Williams

      I’ve been told my comments are harsh and heartless… I really dont care, the truth is supposed to be painful. Its still sad that instead of teaching these third world populations about birth control, so babies do not get born to suffering, diseases and starvation…. Also about self sustainability, instead we teach them to beg and cry for the camera’s.

      All so we can maintain their populations of suffering children, who will “perhaps” survive long enough to be beaten or raped, or enlisted into a military force, to repopulate the rapists and armed militia’s.

      And we keep repeating this so that the news media has an important news bulletin to keep the stupid people sitting in front of the bright shiny screen that tells them what to do, think, buy, eat and wear, so that billionaires can play war games with each other in the poor third world countries…

      I’d like to see more journalists speaking up, THAT is what needs to be done second… The FIRST thing that needs to be done? We need to STOP tuning into networks that continue to babble and manipulate…

    • Mike

      You’re right. But this is how it starts. People like you blow it off, and 2 becomes 4. 4 becomes 8. 8 becomes 64. And so on… Just don’t be surprised when it starts exploding. People arent scared yet, but bet you that will change. By that time it’ll be too late though.

      • Brisls

        Do you recall the panic after 9/11 when people were calling in that they found white powder in their homes & it had to be Ricin? No one visited their home, yet the powder was there so it had to be Ricin. Checking your temp won’t matter as humans get varying temperatures all the time. Pay attention to those around you. If you’re so fearful, stay home & stop living. Take whatever precautions you think are necessary to stay healthy.

  • DC

    Stating facts clearly and calmly is important to avoid panic and unnecessary disruption to economy. However, there are two issues – (1) there appears to be controversy and limited experience in the transmission modes of eboli.
    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/09/commentary-health-workers-need-optimal-respiratory-protection-ebola
    (2) We are putting too much confidence in untrained people to monitor their temperature and make wise decisions. There is much literature about the variations in temperature monitoring even among trained healthcare professionals. There is variability in devices, mode of monitoring and environmental circumstances. Ask 5 random people about the correct way(s) to monitor temperature to hear the variability in responses. Temperatures can rise quickly with emergent illness, so a low-grade fever at the outset of a 3 hour flight, could well turn into an infection risk. Furthermore, does controlling the fever in the early stages with medicines, etc, limit or mask the risk? We need to stop travel from outbreak countries, with the exception of providing transportation and care to US workers abroad. We need to convene our best knowledge experts together to form a collaborative taskforce to case manage every case 24/7 to avoid the spread and potential outbreak in the US. A Nurse

  • Labby

    No one has said anything about the risk to laboratory personnel testing. I work in a medical lab around urine, stool and blood. Even though precautions are taken, there is obviously still a chance to catch this given what has happened in Dallas to those “fully protected” nurses. I am also concerned for the healthcare workers in an Urgent care setting. Where do a lot of people go in lieu of the ED…….Urgent care! Our urgent care workers ie PA’s and NP’s are going to be highly exposed to individuals that are starting to have symptoms. We clearly can not trust people to make the right decisions regarding their symptoms as exhibited by the nurse who got on a flight after showing symptoms. It’s not like she was a low risk person. She should face some sort of penalty for endangering countless people stemming from her lack of judgment and common sense. She was one of the most exposed people!!! Regardless of if the incompetent CDC told her it was ok to fly, she still should have had the brains to restrict herself. What was she thinking?

  • Guidence

    I If we can handle HIV, drug resistant tuberculosis, bubonic plague, why is a fragile RNA virus causing such alarm without more preparation or drills ?
    CDC, ReadyGov, FEMA all chant the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”; so where is the action? Why is the group “Doctors without Borders” safer with stricter guidelines than USA ?
    Preparation not panic. Action not accusations. Teaching not talk. Drills not disasters. Facts not fiction. Just some ideas.
    Lastly we have people who planned for H5N1 and volunteers going to help. Do not shun Africans with a strange dialect. Add support, not suspiscion.
    Please share if you agree, suggest corrections where needed.

      • Labby

        I’m so glad you’re calm so far from Dallas or Cleveland….If your kids were on a flight with one of these people, or working in the hospital treating sick Ebola patients I’m sure your tune would change.

  • Emilia Alvarez-Negron

    Mass hysteria? Political agenda? Lets tackle this topic.
    Regarding mass hysteria: The public needs to calm down, as the entire healthcare system faces the challenge of preparing for yet another potential disaster. Our bodies fight off infection every minute of every hour of every day of our lives and we don’t even know it. If people knew how infectious organisms are spread, they’d cover their mouths when they coughed, washed their hands religiously, clean all surfaces regularly with bleach wipes and would walk around with mini bleach wipes to wipe every single doorknob, handle, shopping cart, and restaurant table before using them. We have a new disease. We have to educate ourselves, not get hysterical.

    Regarding politics: it may be so with the weak versus the strong, but I personally don’t care. In the end, I’m in the middle class so I get screwed over by whoever gets elected.

    Now lets talk about what I want to know. First, is it or is it not transmitted via the airborne route (ebola)? The CDC says no, but they are not sure. Other reports state it has to be. Second, WHEN is it transmissible? (not referring to just HOW it’s transmitted) What is that timeframe? Why do I ask? Because not one person in the Texas ED that treated him TWICE, were infected. If he had diarrhea while in the ED and lets say he was wiping himself, I HIGHLY doubt he was performing meticulous hand washing afterwards. No one in the ED walks around in a hazmat suit and that hospital certainly didn’t have any before now. He arrived via ambulance the second time around. The ambo crew I am sure did not have hazmat suits on either. They haven’t stepped forward with Ebola symptoms either. Infection occurred AFTER his arrival in the ICU unit. Why? Exposed skin? Airborne particles? Lots of questions remain. No answers.

    The infected nurses:
    Both nurses are where they need to be. In facilities that can manage the disease and all that comes with it. I am rooting for them 100% and for their recovery. They stepped forward and did their jobs, with humility and a desire to help that man get well. Unfortunately, along the way, they got infected. Is it there fault? NO. The public needs to stop vilifying the nurses and need to take a moment and ask themselves if they were asked to take care of an Ebola patient, would they step forward voluntarily and do it? Most would say NO. Very few would say YES. These nurses were absolutely asked to volunteer and they said YES. Give the credit where it is due. There is a comment where someone said the nurse who got on the plane should be held accountable. I say no, the CDC needs to be held accountable. They gave her the ok to get on the plane. The hospital needs to be held accountable. They allowed a “self monitoring” system. Really? They knew they weren’t providing the proper equipment to begin with. They ordered it two weeks into the ebola issue.

    Message to the general public and potential ebola patients:
    What I do ultimately care about is that I am on the front lines of this battle. If you come to my emergency department, it will be me you encounter. I will be there and hopefully, by the time you make your way to my ED, we will be equipped with Hazmat suits or whatever else is needed, so that I can effectively do whatever I need to do to save your life. Calm down people. For it is I that needs to be hysterical, not you, and you most certainly won’t see that side of me, even as I step forward to say YES I will take care of you, putting my life on the line for you. Who am I? I am a Nurse….and I wouldn’t trade my job in even if I was given just 21 days to live for doing it.

  • smiller13

    Reblogged this on General Sociology and commented:
    I thought it was especially interesting how he brought up the use of the Ebola virus as a political campaign tactic. Using the Ebola virus to create a new arena to debate and detract from more hot button issues is a form of agenda setting that I imagine works very well, especially as we drum up more and more terror behind the situation.

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