If this is so hard to catch, why does working with it require Level IV Biocontainment precautions?
And after working for 30+ years in large hospitals, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt that three days in on any true epidemic this lethal,
there would no longer be anything approximating 'western medicine'.
Your basic supplies would run out (we're already experiencing a dearth of IV sterile saline, the only purported real 'treatment' for Ebola patients)
including sterile gowns, gloves, and most certainly, adequate infection control isolation rooms.
How many people come to a regular hospital ER right now every day? Fifty, One Hundred? Multiply that by a factor of say, 3, because of fear and a
mild panic and you've already overwhelmed a 'big city hospital' with 200 beds. Okay, so you put people in the hallways for observation, and then you
set up tents in the yard. It won't be long before it looks like that scene out of 'Gone with the Wind' with bodies as far as the eye can see.
How will hospitals know if a person presenting with fever and muscle aches has a normal flu or Ebola? They can't, and they will be put in a normal
room under normal precautions because the extra precautions required for Ebola are onerous, complicated and expensive, and you've got two, count'em,
TWO rooms set up with negative pressure systems. Once word gets out that it's Ebola (as the patients crash to the floor bleeding out of every orifice
mere hours after they were considered just another fever case), you'll have a hard time staffing the hospital any more with medical professionals,
much less food service, clerks and cleaners. A hospital is a specialized little city and it requires 24/7 complicated staffing, most of which is not
particularly medically trained, but all are critical to the functioning of the place.
Fast forward three days and you won't have any hospitals left at all. Not even the most altruistic medical staff are going to take care of Ebola
patients without Biocontainment level IV precautions, and they'll be in increasingly short supply.
The CDC should have shut down international and local plane travel three weeks ago, at the very least. This could easily become the Four Horses of the
Apocalypse, already out of the barn.
The people who worry about these things were waking up in cold sweats worrying about the sooner or later inevitability of another global pandemic, but
they thought it would be H5N1 or a new outbreak of the Spanish flu. That it could be Ebola wasn't even in anyone's worst nightmares, it was so
Sorry Jesse but I think your expert is going on his belief that this is hard to spread, or that only someone visibly ill is contagious (that's a first
for all infectious diseases that I can think of...) or that a cough or sneeze that contains millions of molecules of mucous, which would/could contain
trillions of particles of virus, is somehow a safe thing to be close to unprotected... meanwhile the health professionals in Africa that caught Ebola
apparently did so because, even with all their training, they were suiting up in the same room as less-carefully prepared and contaminated staffers,
thus causing a break in the chain of protection. There is no reason to think that the same breaks in protocol wouldn't happen in the vaunted 'western
medicine' locations. People make mistakes, especially exhausted people after a very long shift, with no end, no relief, in sight.
In short, this interview is pure hubris, and we can now see what hubris wrought with regards to nuclear power and the reassurances that it was safe
and there would never be a meltdown, that that was ridiculous and impossible...because likewise, some people thought it was unthinkable or maybe in
reality didn't want to think about it.
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