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#1 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “We feel confident that there won’t be an outbreak.”
Um, how are you feeling now, Dr. Fauci?
#2 University of Chicago professor Michael Z. David: “While this all sounds very frightening, there’s no need to worry at this point about Ebola spreading widely here.”
Can you define "spreading widely?"
#3 Gerardo Chowell-Puente, an associate professor of mathematical epidemiology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University: “Math and history show us that decisive efforts to isolate those who are infected with Ebola and to follow up quickly with the potential contacts of the infected can help to get an outbreak under control. We’re lucky that we have such capacities in the United States; even with the Ebola case in Dallas, the epidemic should not get much of a foothold here.”
Not much of a foothold, well. It's good to know that math and history are on our side, as opposed to, say, a global effort to get the outbreak "under control."
#4 Texas Health Director David Lakey: “This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital, … and the chances of it being spread are very, very scarce.”
Hmm, how did a 'very sophisticated hospital' prescribe antibiotics for a viral illness? Fail to inform the triage leader that a patient had arrived from Liberia? Oh, forget it. My head is hurting very, very badly; the pain was initiated by all of this double talk.
#5 Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services: “This is not Africa. We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.”
So, paved roads and easy access to interstates should wrap this up? Let's back up and look at the structure of US hospitals, specifically how to deal with body fluids of the infected, not to mention bodies. According to the NYT and the NY Post, US hospitals are STILL trying to figure out a way to handle waste products from Ebola patients. Let's see, you''ve had how long to come up with an answer?
#6 Dr. William Shaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “We’re very prepared: Infection-control people in hospitals over the past two months have been reviewing all their infection- control procedures because we anticipated just this sort of thing happening—a person coming from West Africa, they were healthy at the time they traveled, but got sick here.”
Vanderbilt is a case in point of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing. I suppose you fired the person who tagged the wrong leg of the person who received an amputation?
#7 Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC: “It is certainly possible that someone who has had contact with this patient could develop Ebola, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.” Oh, please.
Blah, blah, blah.
#8 Dr. William Shaffner: “Even Doctors Without Borders in West Africa are moving the fatality rate from 50 percent down to 30 percent—I bet we can do substantially better than that here.”
And just look at how well 'we' have done so far. Sent an infected patient home? Check. Great job, Dr. Shaffner.
#9 Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston: “The Ebola virus is not easily transmitted from person to person, and we have an outstanding infrastructure in place both to contain the virus and trace contacts. There will not be an Ebola epidemic in the United States.”
Well, I'm just so relieved. Should I not stock up on bottled water and Ramen noodles, then?
#10 Thomas Frieden: “The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely throughout this country.”
originally posted by: aboutface
a reply to: drwill
Aside from poor triage, I wonder if the patient himself proffered the information that he was coming from Liberia. Surely when he became ill, he must have feared and suspected ebola, but perhaps fear prevented him from saying so.
there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”