If you think about what public officials should be saying to people, the last thing anybody wants to do is create unnecessary, and i would say, unscientific panic. So what we have to do is present the facts as we know them. And as we know them, the patients are not considered communicable until they actually develop symptoms.
We can be pretty confident in saying to the public ‘you really don’t have any kind of substantive chance for getting ebola from Dr. Spencer taking a subway ride or even eating in a restaurant, unless there was direct contact with bodily fluids at a time when he already had symptoms.’
– Dr. Irwin Redlener of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness on the Rachel Maddow Show.