Tantaros: 'We're Not as Prepared as We Think We Are' for Ebola Outbreak
Is the United States prepared as the Ebola virus spreads here for the first time?
That was the debate on "Outnumbered" today among Dean Cain, Harris Faulkner, Kennedy, Andrea Tantaros, and Sandra Smith.
CDC director Tom Frieden said yesterday that the affected individual left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20.
At that point, the man was not displaying symptoms.
Kennedy said she's not worried about the country's ability to fight the virus, arguing that the bigger danger is creating "panic and hysteria."
She noted that one company believes it'll have a drug ready by the end of the year to fight Ebola.
"We have the technology, we have the competition, we have the resources. Those are things they simply don't have in West Africa. They cannot compete with the virus over there the way we can here," said Kennedy, adding that several companies are in competition to come up with a vaccine.
Tantaros was not so sure, saying we're more equipped than Africa, but perhaps not as equipped as we need to be.
"Imagine 10 people being infected. Ten people infected could shut down an entire hospital. What happens when people stop showing up for work? Or people don't want to take out the waste management? I don't think we're as prepared as we think we are to handle this. And the government, by the way, can't even set up a website for half a billion dollars," she said.
Tantaros added she's not panicking, but has doubts and questions.
Watch the full debate above.