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Eleven beds for the entire country
But some worry is understandable.
Of the thousands of hospitals in the United States, only four have biocontainment units and years of preparation in handling highly infectious disease like Ebola.
But between those four hospitals, there are only about 19 beds in the specialized areas: 10 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; three at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta; three at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana; and an estimated three at National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Even the count of 19 beds may be deceiving, CNN's Drew Griffin said.
"The center director in Omaha says his staff could only realistically handle no more than two Ebola patients at a time," Griffin said. "That's because of the danger, the staffing and the waste removal necessary when you're treating any Ebola patient."
So that essentially means 11 beds for the entire country.
That, coupled with a slew of complaints from a nursing union, may seem troubling.
After nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while treating an Ebola patient, National Nurses United said there was no protocol in place on how to take care of such patients at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
On Wednesday, Texas state health officials said a second health care worker at the same hospital has tested positive for Ebola.
originally posted by: BugOut
So lets say that some other disease pops up in someplace like India or China for example and it is airborne and just as deadly (or more deadly) as Ebola. It starts to spread like a wildfire and people are dying and spreading it all around the globe. What we have learned with this particular Ebola outbreak is that we (humanity) are screwed and have no idea how to stop it once it leaves the epicenter.
How long has the CDC been planning for the pandemic that will be coming at some point? We have rooms full of people thinking up ways to stop stuff like this from happening and they FAILED. Period. When a real killer comes for us we will die. Period.