The Corner

Worried about Ebola? Don’t Fret, We Have an Empty Gesture for You

The latest anti-Ebola screening measures are entirely for show. As the New York Times reports today:

Federal health officials will require temperature checks for the first time at five major American airports for people arriving from the three West African countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus. However, health experts said the measures were more likely to calm a worried public than to prevent many people with Ebola from entering the country . . .

Experts cautioned that a temperature check on arrival would almost certainly not have detected that Mr. Duncan had Ebola before he entered the country. The disease typically incubates for eight to 10 days before symptoms, including fever, develop.

On Ebola in the United States, I’m largely anti-panic, but agree with what the panelists were saying on Special Report last night: If there is another case here, you will probably see the travel restrictions that we are currently told are impossible. 

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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