Friday, October 3, 2014

Trust Us. Remain Calm. Whatever You Do Don’t Panic.

Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, a Missouri doctor named Gil Mobley showed up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in Tyvek™ protective gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After being checked in and cleared through airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”, the microbiologist and emergency trauma physician said, “If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent.” Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Are they lying?

Consider this:  We have been told ad nauseum by the CDC and people who play doctors on TV that Ebola is not airborne and therefore cannot be transmitted through the air we breathe.  Why then, when you read Version 9 of the CDC’s Ebola Virus Disease Pre-Departure/Exit Screening at Points of Departure in Affected Countries, Section 3:  Exposures and Risk Factors there appears this question:  Have you spent time in the same room as any person with Ebola?  Did you ever fail to wear waterproof gloves, gown, facemask and goggles?  If no, were you always at least one meter away from the person with Ebola?

One meter is a little more than three feet, or about 39.37 inches. 

Several news outlets have shared a copy obtained by The Associated Press of Patient Zero’s falsified Passenger Screening Departure form.  What they’ve shared is Page 1 only.  The question I cited above appears on Page 2.  That has not been shared.

So the question is:  If we are to remain three feet from a suspected victim are we doing so to avoid projectile vomit or explosive diarrhea or is there the slightest chance of it being airborne?
The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States…current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus.

This is my last posting until I return from my vacation.  Co-blogger Proof will put up a few posts in my absence "whenever his Muse strikes" so long as it is not on strike.

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