Dr. Rand Paul: You Can Get Ebola on a Bus

By Melanie Arter | November 3, 2014 | 1:07pm EST

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is also a medical doctor, told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that President Barack Obama's biggest mistake was saying you can't catch Ebola on a bus.

"I think the president's biggest mistake was like saying, oh, it's no big deal, you can't catch it if you're sitting on a bus with somebody," said Paul.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, President Barack Obama told West Africans in a video message, "You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus." Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans who travel through Ebola-stricken nations to "avoid public transportation."

"Well, apparently, you can be intensive care unit gloved, gowned and masked and still get it. It's very contagious when someone is sick. So, I think it was a mistake for him to say, oh, it's not big deal. You can be riding on a bus. And we're not going to stop any travel," Paul said.

"American public sees people getting it who are fully masked and gowned and saying, my goodness, I don't think anybody should be riding on a bus or coming from Liberia to visit their aunt or uncle and when they could be contagious. So, I think a temporary stop of travel for elective travel, if you're coming to visit your relatives, couldn't that wait for a few months?" he asked.

"Do you think we ought to tighten the restrictions on who can come to this country? Canada has just said citizens from those countries can't come into Canada," host Bob Schieffer asked.

Paul said from the beginning the U.S. had restrictions on people with infectious diseases from entering the country.

"We have in most recent years stopped drug-resistant tuberculosis patients from coming into this country. When we had polio, we had restrictions on things with polio. So, I don't think it's out of the ordinary for government to be involved in this," he said.

"And what I'm looking at is not a stopping of sending humanitarian aid to them or workers to them. What I'm saying is, elective travel, commercial travel for people who just want to visit the United States, that really isn't a necessity, and we can wait few months on it.

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