The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms. [CBSLocal]
WHILE GOV. RICK PERRY is galavanting around Europe trying to impress people that he’s not the politician who leads a state that has ignored
his own state’s public health issues, from vaccines to denying the poor through refusing Obamacare Medicaid expansion, the health care emergency in Texas expanded. A second nurse coming down with Ebola, because we simply do not prepare for 21st century disasters in this country.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s tweet this morning says it all.
My sister lives in Dallas, Texas, and she’s not at all concerned, because there is no way she will come into contact with the disease.
As an aside, it’s fairly remarkable to me that we don’t even have a surgeon general right now, who could at least offer a consistent face of reassurance, while Senator John McCain squeals about an Ebola “czar.”
Anyone looking in from the outside world could easily assess what a silly, unserious country America has become.
Congress flees Washington so they don’t have discuss war and peace just as the bombs start dropping.
Our infrastructure, bridges and power grids remains a relic of the 20th century.
In the 21st century, our first line health care workers are not only unprepared for biological threats, but nurses are obviously untrained for what could walk into emergency rooms at any moment. Hospital administrators all focused on the costs of health care instead of public health preparation for what could arise.
The CDC, meanwhile, has offered promises, while the American media becomes hysterical as the midterm elections near.
What people should be concerned about is what could happen in a widespread chemical or biological event, which this Ebola event has proven we are in no shape to combat.
The lumbering, graceful land of America and the people who run it reside in a bubble that long ago burst and they still don’t know it. While Congress bickers and fixates on hyper partisan squabbles, the people who elect these idiots aren’t any better. Content to live and watch football in a country that is prepared for a 20th century attack, but wholly unprepared for bad actors watching how our health care system fumbled one single patient who landed in our country with Ebola.
From the Associated Press:
“An additional health care worker testing positive for Ebola is a serious concern, and the CDC has already taken active steps to minimize the risk to health care workers and the patient,” the CDC said in a statement.
“What happened there (in Dallas), regardless of the reason, is not acceptable. It shouldn’t have happened,” Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of NIH, said on MSNBC on Wednesday.
Fauci said he envisioned the CDC taking “a much more involved role” in establishing the proper training protocols for Ebola cases.
Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, has acknowledged that the government wasn’t aggressive enough in managing Ebola and containing the virus as it spread from an infected patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital.
“We could’ve sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed,” he said Tuesday.
Frieden outlined new steps this week designed to stop the spread of the disease, including the creation of an Ebola response team, increased training for health care workers nationwide and changes at the Texas hospital to minimize the risk of more infections.
“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient — the first patient — was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection,” Frieden said.
We continue to be led by individuals who look backwards after an event and opine about what might have been done but wasn’t. It’s foreshadowing of what’s to come if the citizens of this country don’t get serious about whom we elect, from state to national figures, and what the priorities of our politicians are once they land in office.
— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) October 15, 2014