Originally Posted by transmitterdan
What we have is a lot of chickens running around with their heads cut off. Better they had them in the sand.
I don't think getting a grasp of the facts is running around with one's head cut off. I'm not personally doing anything differently. But here is just a bit of what had my attention:
From the WHO:
There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined. It has also spread between countries starting in Guinea then spreading across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air (1 traveller only) to Nigeria, and by land (1 traveller) to Senegal.
Note that in each country it has been spread by one traveler. That's how it came to the US. In countries like , Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone it has become a serious epidemic.
Now WHO continues by saying most of those countries have very weak health systems. So, the assumption that one might then make is that we would control it effectively due to a better health system. Adding to that hope has been Nigeria's ability to limit it.
So really the exposure is if our system lets us down. That's why Dallas is important as the system hasn't worked as needed with the first cases. The proper protocols to protect health care
workers were not in place. Then the proper controls to limit their travel.
The talk of it being difficult to transmit is overstated in my opinion, it just doesn't seem to transmit through air, requiring touch. But it has been transmitted a great deal to health care
workers. It can also be transmitted through animals
as carriers. That's why so much attention to the nurse's dog. Even burial ceremonies which is why cremation is encouraged. Discarding one's possibly contaminated belongings is a challenge. Even determining when it's safe to be around someone who does survive the disease is difficult.
It's not a reason for panic. But it is a reason for education. First, for health care professionals from WHO to the CDC to the ER triage persons. Second, for us as individuals. It's easy to not be concerned if you don't know or live close to someone exposed. But how would you feel if you were sitting beside the nurse on the plane, knowing you could have been exposed and only because the system failed? What about the families of currently watched health care workers knowing your spouse did not wear Hazmat gear
the first three days?
I do believe we have the capability to minimize the risk and the number of fatalities in this country. I don't believe we showed that capability in Dallas. At Presbyterian hospital it wasn't 2 in 320 million, it was 2 in 78 and may be more. There is a new patient in isolation there now, transferred from another hospital. It came to Dallas as it's traveled before through one patient. People in Ohio
and on planes were exposed, although no one has been reported to get it, by one patient.
I would think, although I don't know, that hospitals in Dallas are taking great precautions now and going far beyond the weak County protocol. Hope hospitals in other areas are better prepared. To my knowledge our protocol on travel still depends on whether one says they've been exposed or not. Should all people entering from the high risk countries be quarantined? We do know some who were "voluntarily quarantined" but decided they needed take out food
. Subsequently the state of New Jersey
made the quarantine mandatory.
There are lessons to be learned from Dallas and hopefully they turn out to be that have the systems in place to limit the spread of Ebola.