Returning From Ebola Hot Zone, TV Doc Shakes Hands but Keeps Thermometer Close
ABC's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser says he's in perfect health, but he's feeling first-hand just how spooked people are.
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent asked, “You probably have people in this office who are nervous?”
He replied, “Yes. This morning before Good Morning America, I met with the whole crew and explained risk and why I was here working and why it was safe. Even with that, some were uncomfortable."
Dr. Besser was scheduled to appear on The View on Monday morning, but they cancelled at the last minute.
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Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, “People got concerned because he has just gotten back and he has followed all the stuff he is supposed to do. Some people then said, 'You know there is an audience here and we don't want to get them freaked out.'"
Another TV doctor, NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman, is due to fly home from Liberia today. She is entering a self-imposed quarantine for 21-days just to be safe.
Trent asked Dr. Besser, “Why don't you do the same?”
Dr. Besser replied, “If I had been in a car working directly with someone who had Ebola then, it would be very different. I did not work with anyone who had Ebola or have direct contact with anyone who had Ebola."
Dr. Snyderman's cameraman was stricken with Ebola. He was flown to a hospital in Nebraska on Monday that specializes in highly contagious diseases.
The cameraman's mother and father spoke to reporters. His father said, “He is strong and his symptoms are not more than when I talked to him before he left, which is a real relief to us."
Meantime, Patient Zero, the Dallas Ebola patient has taken a turn for the worse. His kidneys have shut down and he's on a ventilator.
His apartment was sanitized by a hazmat crew this weekend and his girlfriend and her children were moved to a new home.
People everywhere are concerned.
The CDC is reporting an 800% boost in Ebola related calls. Companies that make emergency kits for disasters are having a field day. Many are reporting that sales are up 400%.
Clint Cruse is a vice president at Quake Care, a company that makes emergency kits.
He told INSIDE EDITION, "The primary kit that we are selling the most of would be what we call our 'Deluxe Kit.'"
The kit includes goggles, gloves, a mask, and a hazmat suite.
Saturday Night Live poked fun at the concern over Ebola with a fake movie trailer for “The Fault in our Stars 2: The Ebola in our Everything.”
Dr. Besser is carefully monitoring his own health just in case. The first sign of infection is a fever.
He said, “I take my temperature twice a day. In the morning, in the evening, and I bring it with me here.”
Trent asked, “What's your temperature now?”
Dr. Besser said, “97.9. That’s good. No fever.”
Trent said, “See this handshake? He's all good.”