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If that's the true risk, why so much commotion over Ebola at home?
But the evidence doesn't say that say people are unreasonably, dangerously upset. They're sometimes worried about the right things more than the experts are. I think it's reasonable that when people read that the CDC and WHO say Ebola is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms to think, doesn't that mean you could be fine at 10 o'clock and vomiting in the subway at noon? Then I think you should stay home. What's irrational about that?
So what you've got are people who are climbing the learning curve, and in some cases learning more quickly than officials — learning that you probably can't get it from someone who doesn't have symptoms, but also leaning that the people who told you that have made some mistakes.
The governors have gotten a lot of heat from the White House and CDC for trying to impose quarantines on returning health care workers. Why is this so controversial?
The public health people are getting it wrong and framing it disingenuously.
There's certainly a case to be made that quarantine is excessive, that active monitoring would be good enough. But it seems to me to be a pretty open debate on whether quarantine is excessive or appropriate, and it depends on how cautious you want to be. Saying that the science proves incontrovertibly that quarantine is wrong — it's bad communication and it's bad science.
The CDC is desperately trying to recruit people to go to West Africa. Nobody asks the obvious question — if you're worried that quarantine is going to hurt recruitment, aren't you biased when you say quarantine isn't necessary?
You have reason to worry that your daily life a year or two from now could be significantly worse if Ebola is all over the world. But what you can do in your daily life to protect yourself against Ebola now is absolutely nothing.
So what you've got are people who are climbing the learning curve, and in some cases learning more quickly than officials...
Help put pressure on the government to push harder on vaccine research. They're pushing much harder than they were, but it's way smaller than the Manhattan Project. Get them going on virus time rather than project time.
originally posted by: and14263
a reply to: ketsuko
If it's big pharma it's big business, if it's big business it's politics.
We live in a disgusting world.
He says NGO experts flying in with their sometimes “patronising” ideas for a rotation of one month and flying out again doesn’t help. “I’ve been at meetings, where I’ve just been a bit embarrassed at some of the NGOs that have been there who are shouting at this guy at the ministry. He’s a one-man directorate who has not stopped working for six months, who doesn’t have internet, who doesn’t have a driver and has been absolutely been on the frontline for six months,” says Johnson.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: ~Lucidity
Being cautious is never a bad thing. I've spent the last nearly 20 years living with a microbiologist who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry with some decently bad stuff, nothing like Ebola, but bad enough. He's concerned about how this is being handled by officials, so I'm concerned. He's also not ready to jump ship and head for the hills, either. We watch and we wait and we shake our heads in disgust and thank God that this thing isn't truly airborne. Not yet.
We thought our medical profession was smarter than it has shown itself to be, and this is very rude wake-up call.
We already knew our government was inept, and the naming or a top level political operative with no relevant experience to head up Ebola response has only confirmed that.
So, I guess the takeaway lesson here is that if something that spreads like a flu ever does hit? Seriously, do not wait. Head for the hills because this country will tear itself apart. Maybe Ebola will teach us the lessons we need to learn, but at this rate, I'm not holding my breath.