Travel Bans Over Ebola Will Worsen Situation: Experts

Published Date : Oct 21, 2014

The U.S. health experts have warned that imposing travel bans over the areas affected by Ebola will only make things more problematic. The restrictions will not fully prevent the virus from entering the United States and will also create other complications. The U.S. government does possess option that could restrict the travel options for West African citizens to enter the U.S.

A growing number of U.S. citizens and lawmakers have requested the Obama administration to use some type of ban on travel over the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A majority of health experts oppose the notion by stating an outright travel ban is neither wise nor feasible. They added that if the efforts become more targeted, such as stopping the distribution of new visas for their citizens might help prevent the spread of Ebola.

The experts have mentioned that the restrictions are likely to exacerbate the problem and create long-term problems for both the U.S. and West Africa.

The director of global health policies at the CSIS, J. Stephen Morrison, agrees on the notion that an action needs to be taken, but digresses over the actual problem. He added that the potential to act on something that would be purely symbolic and not smart is rather high.

There are currently no direct flights between the three countries and the U.S. and most people usually travel using connecting flights via Casablanca, Morocco or Paris, Brussels.

A recent poll of 1,000 U.S. adults by the Washington Post and ABC News revealed that two-thirds of the participants stood in favor of barring entry to those who have been to West Africa into the U.S.