Dr. Craig Spencer, who last year caused a national media freakout after he was being treated for Ebola in New York, spoke out publicly this week on the media overreaction to his case.
Spencer got a good laugh out of that one and lamented how much time his individual, isolated case took up on cable news. And, he observed, a lot of the politicians who publicly weighed in on his case or stepped up Ebola watch only did so because it was a “convenient chance to appear presidential.”
And in additional comments featured on WNYC’s website, Spencer elaborated on his issues with the media coverage:
At no point would I have put – not just my personal safety – but the safety of my loved ones and my community at risk.
There were hours of debate about “can I touch the subway pole? Can I go bowling? Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball?” There wasn’t a lot of informing, saying, hey, none of this is really pertinent. … What we know about this disease is you cannot get this illness at a time when someone is not symptomatic, as I was. … I could understand the fear because I don’t think people were given a reason to not fear.
You can listen to some of Spencer’s comments here, via WNYC:
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