Elisabeth Hasselbeck is very upset that doctors won't spread irrational Ebola panic

Hasselbeck argued with infectious disease specialist Dr. Dalilah Restrepo on this morning's Fox & Friends

Published October 1, 2014 2:43PM (EDT)

  (AP/Richard Drew)
(AP/Richard Drew)

When Dr. Dalilah Restrepo agreed to appear on Fox & Friends to discuss the first (and only) case of Ebola in the United States, she should have foreseen being attacked for any attitude that wasn't completely alarmist.

Regarding the passengers on the American patient's plane from Liberia, Restrepo said: "There really is no risk from that plane ride at this time, although there should be heightened caution. You can't get on a commercial plane with a fever when coming from an endemic area."

"You have a very calm tone," Hasselbeck said, dripping with condescension. "It must come by nature with what you do professonally, doctor. The rest of us are saying, 'Wait a minute, there's a lot of panic when it comes to the flu, to lice.' As a parent, I'm thinking, 'Well, there should be a little bit of justification for worry here.' Am I wrong?"

"The viruses behave a little bit different." Restrepo responded. "The flu virus is something that's contagious through the air, through a droplet, it's a little bit easier..."

"But it's here!" Hasselbeck protested.

Watch the video at Mediaite.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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