Rand Paul Thinks Ebola Is More Contagious Than AIDS

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) reportedly put on his scientist hat this morning, telling CNN’s Ashley Killough that Ebola is more easily spread than AIDS–a statement that is an irresponsible, flat out lie.

Paul’s posturing is just the latest in a series of Ebola-truthing tactics he and other members of the GOP have been fully employing as of late. Perhaps more seriously, Paul’s theory calls into question the types of feverish, vomit-spewing cocktail soirees he suggests he frequents.

For a deeper look into the contagiousness of Ebola compared to other diseases, check out the charts below from David McCandless and NPR:

 

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