Old CDC: You can’t get Ebola through the air. New CDC: Oops, you can


by Howard Portnoy

Now will the Obama administration impose a ban on incoming flights from West Africa or at least insist on an across-the-board 21-day quarantine? The White House has been reluctant to do either, repeating its hard-line claim that Ebola is harder to catch than the flu, the virus for which is airborne.

But according to Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, “If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected. In other words, the Ebola can be transmitted through the air and contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before.

Before you dismiss the claim as fear-mongering, arguing that you’ll take your health clues from the CDC, note that that agency is making the same claim, albeit with little public fanfare.

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