Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that the U.S. must immediately stop all flights coming in from Ebola-infected countries, for fear that the virus will spread across America.
Dr. Kent Brantly recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola victims in Liberia and becoming infected with the virus himself. He was the first Ebola patient to be brought to the states, and a second American victim named Nancy Writebol, Brantly’s assistant, is expected to follow.
Although an exact date was not released, Writebol is expected to be flown into the U.S. later this week to receive treatment.
Brantly is currenly in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. According to Samartina’s Purse, the Christian-based aid group Brantly worked for in Africa, his condition is improving.
While Trump argued that Ebola-infected patients should certainly be treated at the highest level, treatment shouldn’t be performed in America.
“The U.S. cannot allow Ebola infected people back,” Trump tweeted. “People that go to far away places to help out are great – but must suffer the consequences!”
In a statement to the Associated Press, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. Dr. Tom Frieden defended Ebola-infected Americans.
“I hope that our understandable fear of the unfamiliar does not trump our compassion when ill Americans return to the U.S. for care,” Frieden said.