CDC Head: Media Exaggerating Risks of Ebola, Risks Confusing People

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, testified today before Congress on dealing with Ebola before it spreads. At one point, Frieden addressed the media coverage and how he thinks it’s exaggerating risks and causing undue panic.

Democrat John Yarmuth asked, “Has the media coverage to you, so far, been helpful or harmful in your efforts to have the public have an appropriate concern and awareness of what this is?”

Frieden said it’s understandable that the media would have such an interested, explaining, “It’s new to the United States, it’s a scary disease. It had a movie made about it. And it’s important to have that attention.”

However, he’s not too crazy about how it’s been blown out of proportion. Frieden said, “Some of the coverage, I think many would agree, may exaggerate the potential risks or may confuse people about the risks. There really is a lot we know about Ebola.”

Watch the video below, via C-SPAN:

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