Obama: I Hugged And Kissed Nurses At An Ebola Hospital And Felt Perfectly Safe Doing So


At a Wednesday afternoon press availability, President Obama reassured the public that the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. remains "very, very low." Using himself as an example, Obama said he "shook hands with, hugged, and kissed" nurses at Emory hospital -- a hospital in Atlanta where several Ebola victims have been treated -- and "felt perfectly safe" doing so.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to use myself as an example just so people have a sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients. They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so. And so, this is not a situation in which, like a flu, the risks of a rapid spread of the disease are imminent. If we do these protocols properly, follow the steps, get the information out, then the likelihood of widespread Ebola outbreak in this country are very, very low.

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