George Will Reopens Settled Science on Airborne Ebola

by Tim Cavanaugh

After a week in which official assurances on Ebola transmission have proven false and Republican Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a medical doctor, has been ridiculed for a statement about how the deadly hemorrhagic-fever virus spreads, Fox panelist George F. Will Sunday cited a University of Minnesota report indicating that airborne Ebola infection could be a threat.

On Fox News Sunday, Will quoted a U. of M. Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy report affirming “scientific and epidemiological evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients.”

“We’re getting used to people declaring scientific debates closed, over and settled,” Will concluded. “They rarely are.”

Fox panelist Juan Williams then closed the debate with a stage sneeze that got a round of laughter.

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