How Could Our Hospitals Be So Careless?
They told us it wasn't going to reach U.S. shores. They still claim that the virus isn't likely to spread in a developed nation. But when we got our first taste of this horrendous infection, the hospital that treated the man went ahead and sent him home. They did this despite being told that he was from Liberia. He went on to mingle with his family and several school age children, before becoming so ill that he decided to go back to the hospital. He then vomited on the public sidewalk along the way. If the staff of that hospital weren't alcoholics before, they will be if their actions turn this isolated incident into major outbreak.
Furthermore, why did the authorities decide to hide his identity (it has since been revealed as Thomas Duncan). I understand the privacy concerns of the family, but if nobody knows who this person is, then anybody who was exposed to him won't know it until it's too late. Remember, the early signs of Ebola are pretty similar to the cold or flu. If you came down with the “flu” after shaking his hand, wouldn't you be more likely to go to the hospital? Without that knowledge, anyone who was exposed to him won't know to go to the hospital until they are very ill (and very contagious).
If you haven't guessed by now, I don't trust the government's claims that they can control this thing. They continue to assure us that everything will be fine, while they stock up on 160,000 hazmat suits, and start telling funeral homes how to deal with bodies infected with Ebola. Real vote of confidence guys. Yet they continue to urge calm. They keep telling us “don't worry folks, there's no way it can spread in the United States. We've got the best doctors and fully stocked hospitals. We'll be able to nip this in the bud.”
If I had a nickel for every time I read “Ebola won't spread in the U.S.”, I'd probably buy a case of respirators.
But I digress. It turns out us “crazies” on the internet aren't the only one's who doubt the ability of the American medical establishment to stop the spread of Ebola. Last month, a protest involving 1000 nurses and healthcare workers marched in Las Vegas to raise awareness over the threat of Ebola. It was their opinion that the hospitals they work in, are completely unprepared to handle an outbreak on U.S. soil:
The protesters highlighted the lack of training, equipment and isolation rooms where suspected Ebola-infected patients in the US could be quarantined. They also took part in what they called a “die-in” by laying on the ground in imitation of dying Ebola victims.
Ebola "can easily come to our shores, and we're not ready," said Julia Scott, a registered nurse from Largo Medical Center in Florida who was attending the rally...
...Biosafety experts say US hospitals do not have the means to properly dispose of medical waste contaminated with Ebola, which will jeopardize the safety of communities.
According to infectious disease experts, waste management companies are refusing to take any soiled sheets or protective gear that might be contaminated with the virus, Reuters reported on Wednesday.Well, they were right. The virus is here, and we'll know how severe the situation is in the weeks ahead. Who'd of thought that the people who stand to lose the most, would have better grasp of the situation? The ones who will be in the trenches fighting this virus know the truth, while the windbags at the CDC continue to smile and nod as they placate the herd.
Remember, these are the people who will be on the ground, getting their hands dirty if this outbreak spreads. They're the ones who will be facing the worst of this ugly virus, and many of them will likely perish during a pandemic. They work in these hospitals every day. If they don't have any confidence that our hospitals can handle an outbreak, then why should we?
I will say that I still believe the virus can be contained in the United States. If a country like Nigeria can successfully isolate an outbreak, there is no reason we can't either. But so far the U.S. medical establishment has shown no signs of competency on the matter. We can only hope that hospitals around the country will finally take this threat seriously, because this outbreak hasn't inspired a whole lot of confidence.
If the protocol for the Texas Presbyterian hospital are similar to most American hospitals, then we're in deep trouble. We'll only have so many chances to keep this under control, and so far we've blown it. Maybe they let their guard down after being told so many times, that Ebola would never reach America. That kind of denial may be our downfall.
For months we were told “it's highly unlikely that the virus will reach the United States”. Now we're being told “there's no way it can spread in our country, we have better hospitals than Liberia”. Next they'll be telling us “don't worry folks, there won't be any disruptions. Your grocery stores will be well supplied. There won't be any power outages and your tap will keep running. Just wash your hands and everything will be fine. Go to work, cash your check, and pay your bills. Everything is hunky dory."
I think we all know better than that. If this doesn't get under control soon, you can expect the government to give you the run around until the very end. They'll tell you to stay calm while they flee to their yachts and underground bunkers. And if this selfishness and complacency is allowed to go on for much longer, there's no telling how many us are going to die for it.
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