Ebola affected countries:
Dear Congressman Gowdy:
I read your letter to the President urging a ban on travel for all foreign nationals who have been
in one of the Ebola affected countries within the last two months, and I agree that a travel ban is
urgently needed if we are to have any hope of averting a full scale outbreak of the disease in the
United States. I would also widen that ban to include all countries that share a border with Liberia
Sierra Leone, and Guinia.
However, we can achieve the same level of protection against its spread without imposing a total
ban on travel by simply making all potential travelers from those aforementioned countries undergo
a two month quarantine before being allowed to board the airplane. Prior to reading your letter I
believed the maximum incubation period for Ebola was 21 days, as Dr. Frieden and other medical
experts and government officials have been telling us.
While A 21 day quarantine may well have worked, two months would be far more problematic,
impractical perhaps. Nonetheless, removing the harsh reality a total ban imposes on all parties
may at least make a partial ban more palatable, even to a reluctant President.
Why President Obama is dragging his feet on issuing an order for a full or partial ban is an interesting
question, but unimportant. It is his constitutional duty to do everything in his power to protect the
citizens of our nation.