A few weeks ago we posted about the silliness of bringing Ebola victims into the USA instead of sending mobile labs to treat in Africa. Hey, don't fault us - we were just relaying best practices of isolation. Of course isolating folks and restricting travel is out of the question with our current leadership, so no need to prepare for anything. After all, none of here got SARS or MERS. And do know millions die every year from diarrhea and the flu. So set aside your fears of Ebola, right?
After our post we received a couple of comments and several emails. And we were also shown the Washington Post op-ed letter from the head nurse at Emory. The nurse reminded us all how paranoid and stupid we are about everything. We were told of the great benefits (over two months ago) of bringing the virus to Atlanta. Nowhere did we hear why the nurse and other staff could not be flown to Africa to treat it. Surely the CDC has mobile units that can be flown around the world.
"Lack of knowledge"? Yes, we lack knowledge and so does Emory and the CDC. That's why they welcomed the virus here, because they lack knowledge, right?
People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States. Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it. said Nurse
We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care. said NurseI'll let my actions be guided by everyone's (Gov't, Emory, other medical experts) '
I'll continue to 'fear', but that doesn't mean I don't 'care'.
So what happened to the patients treated at Emory? I hope they are doing well and fully recovered. But, is the virus still in them? Can they transfer it now or in the future? it's a simple question i haven't seen answered.
Many of our "unfounded" fears and "lack of knowledge" issues concern how the virus is transferred. How many times have we been told it is not airborne? Now we hear the virus does exist in even tiny droplets of water. In normal-speak we call that a SNEEZE. But don't worry, people don't sneeze in public. No one would ever sneeze on an airplane, MARTA train, or anywhere else. No one would sneeze into their hands, pick up an item at the supermarket, then put it back down.
Hopefully the Ebola virus is eliminated soon.