Turns out having a Pulitzer Prize doesn’t make you an expert on infectious diseases, or even getting real sources #ebola

Rachel Maddow shared with us last night the unfortunate and harmful idiocy of Pulitzer Prize winner George Will on Fox News Sunday. Will claimed that doctors have told him that ebola can be transmitted in the air… and even made up the doctors that told him this… and claimed they were from Minnesota.

The problem is, the original assumption was that with great certitude, if not certainty, was that you need to have direct contact, meaning with bodily fluids with someone, because it’s not airborne. There are now doctors who are saying, we’re not so sure that it can’t be in some instances transmitted by airborne. […]
In fact, there are doctors who are saying that in a sneeze or some cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious?
The Minnesotans quickly denounced the statements by Will, and made sure to emphasize that he (and other whacko conservatives) have misinterpreted their report that recommended, “health-care workers treating Ebola patients should wear respirators.” This nonsense would be embarrassingly funny, if not for the damage it will potentially do.
What we’re left with is George Will being given a national platform to provide wrong information to a frightened public. He speaks with the certainty of a man who has convinced himself of his own misguided righteousness, but Americans who turn to Will for accurate commentary are nevertheless left worse off than they were before.

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