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Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking to stockpile a year’s worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to prepare for an expected disruption to the supply chain due to an “emergency” event. A solicitation posted on FedBizOpps entitled Emergency Disaster Event Preparation For Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) details how the federal government is looking to secure face masks, medical gloves, shoe covers, lab coats and coveralls to last one full year with an option for four extra years.
Dear Government, it isn't fear of Ebola, it is fear of your stupidity. Really. It is. If this represented our best and brightest in government employ, we are screwed.
originally posted by: stormcell
There's hundred and one ways you could have a fever - everything from a dental abscess to a stomach bug or Ebola. if you have an infection and are walking around with a fever, they you are in a pretty bad state either way.
So if someone gets a fever now, they have to put them in quarantine, even if it is a "false positive". The statisticians have what is known as a contingency matrix:
| Quarantine | No Quarantine
Patient has Ebola | True Positive | False Negative
Patient doesn't have Ebola | False Positive | True Negative
Outcome of False Negative is the worst case; media shark frenzy.
originally posted by: queenofswords
Our Ebola czar is a lawyer and a crisis response operative.
Need we say more. All we can do now is sit back and watch the play.
originally posted by: lakesidepark
Is the epidemic still growing?
What if we do stop this round, but India..or Brazil...or Mexico...