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Police officers tasked with working the scene around the Manhattan apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer, diagnosed with Ebola yesterday, were caught on camera tossing the gloves and masks they used for their protection into public trash cans.
One video (above via the Daily Mail) shows two police officers discarding first the crime scene tape used to block off the potentially infected area, then removing their protective gloves and masks and tossing them into an open-top public waste bin.
The video does not show whether or not the officers had entered Spencer’s apartment.
originally posted by: Septimus
If not the trash can, where else are they supposed to dispose of it? Not like they can take it in their squad car or burn it. I suppose they could have put it somewhere less public at the very least.
He told health authorities that began to experience fatigue on Wednesday night, but was otherwise feeling well.
But at some point between returning home from Guinea and experiencing symptoms, officials said, Spencer took a three-mile jog, despite being on a self-imposed limited-contact regime.
Certainly, it seems likely that he thought he was in the clear by Wednesday evening, when he decided to go with friends to Gutter, a bowling alley in Williamsburg.
He did, authorities confirmed at a press conference on Thursday, bowl.
During the day on Wednesday, he may have walked on the High Line – a popular tourist attraction on the west side of Manhattan built on a former elevated railway – and may have also eaten at a restaurant near there, according to officials.
It is known for sure that he travelled on three subway lines – the 1-train, the A-train and the L-train – as well as an Uber taxi. Epidemiologists were using information gathered from Spencer’s New York Metrocard – which records the entry points to subway journeys – and his credit cards, to determine his movements around the city.
"We are fully prepared to handle Ebola," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference today a day after it was announced that Dr. Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a diagnosis of the lethal virus.
De Blasio said the city's emergency system has "planned for the crisis... That's why we've been ahead of the game."
originally posted by: DancedWithWolves
... I am fairly certain public trash cans aren't in the procedures and protocol handouts. ...