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October 5th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

First rule of covering Ebola: don't touch

The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein talks with Brian Stelter about covering Ebola in Liberia, and the precautions he's taking now that he's back in the United States. Dr. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner also joins the panel for a discussion about how the press is covering the Ebola outbreak.

Bernstein wrote this column for The Washington Post titled "Reporting on Ebola: First rule is you don’t touch anyone."

"In an abundance of caution as you go around Monrovia, no one is shaking hands or hugging or high fiving. No one is putting their arms around each other," Bernstein told Stelter. "You know, every once in a while you will see somebody do the Liberian handshake, which is just an elbow bump usually with long sleeves over those elbows. You just don't touch anything you don't have to."

Bernstein is now "self-quarantined" in his suburban Maryland home, following the guidance of health officials. But "I would go back in a heartbeat," he said: journalists in countries where Ebola is a threat are "taking a manageable risk in return for reporting what I think is the most important health story in the world right now."


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