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Ebola panic more
lethal than the virus

The Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden

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Posted By:Lalo, 8/5/2014 1:29:03 AM

Here we go again, and this time the panic is on steroids. The Ebola sickness is a horrific disease, and the virus that causes it is lethal and fast-moving. But the way much of the media, which is also lethal and fast-moving, covers the outbreak is even more horrific, spreading misinformation, fear and panic faster than a speeding bullet. You might think we’ll all be dead by Thursday next. Ebola joins AIDS, SARS, MERS and avian flu that were supposed to have accomplished wipeout by now. Ebola is a dark word, redolent of sorcery and reeking of mystery,

The fresh breeze of someone talking sense. Too bad that´s not an airborne bug..


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Reply 1 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/5/2014 3:40:46 AM     (No. 9953588)

A timely informational article; it stresses proper measures that should be taken especially if you live in an African village.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 8/5/2014 6:40:34 AM     (No. 9953641)

Any disease becomes airborne when the infected also has tuberculosis.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 8/5/2014 6:43:25 AM     (No. 9953644)

A government that will lie to its citizens is far more scary than ebola.
I promise not to panic...just give me the facts!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/5/2014 6:53:22 AM     (No. 9953652)

Wes Pruden rarely disappoints.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tappin52, 8/5/2014 7:00:20 AM     (No. 9953662)

Then how is it that highly trained, hazmat protected, protocol following medical professionals are being stricken in alarming numbers?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/5/2014 7:40:46 AM     (No. 9953701)

I am not well informed on this so could somebody please tell me what is Wes Pruden´s position on Global Warming? He has a big section in this going on and on about media stirring up panic to get market share. Is he consistent?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/5/2014 8:09:22 AM     (No. 9953740)

Sorry Wes, I am not in a panic about ebola being present in the United States, just concerned. Evedr try to get toothpaste back in the tube?
Ever hear of Murphy´s Law?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: PowerCorrupts, 8/5/2014 8:17:09 AM     (No. 9953750)

In our arrogance regarding the superiority of medical treatment in the U.S., let us not forget the thousands of deaths that occurred in this nation during the 1917 flu (virus) epidemic, or the thousands of deaths and crippled children from the Polio (virus) outbreak of the 1940´s and the 1950´s.

I have little doubt that there was the same type of medical arrogance then as now.

Considering the 21 day incubation period and the ease of global travel, I am astounded by the propaganda that is being promulgated regarding the safety of importing this Ebola (virus) plaque to our shores.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/5/2014 8:27:26 AM     (No. 9953760)

There will always be those who panic. Big on emotion. Short on facts.

Deliver me from being in their company when real trouble hits. They are useless.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/5/2014 8:28:22 AM     (No. 9953761)

I am not given to panic. However, I am concerned about the flow of potential carriers who are flooding the southern border. I have confidence in our medical professionals, but they are powerless to treat those who go undected. This disease is horrific and I believe that does give way to panic. My question is why our government is not concerned about the hoardes that are invading this country with known diseases. The government is allowing a possible public health crisis to develop in this country by shipping these people all over the country. It may be TB today, but it could be Ebola tomorrow. I am a realist.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 8/5/2014 9:30:10 AM     (No. 9953865)

Wes, I´m not in a panic. Like others, I am concerned. There are still many unanswered questions about how the doctor and nurse contracted Ebola using extreme care and precaution. And, Wes, you don´t live in Atlanta where Emory Hospital is located. I do.

All it takes is one little "oopsie daisy" and we will reap the whirlwind. It would be foolish, and possibly fatal, to not be concerned about bringing the fast-moving virus into our country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: starbaby, 8/5/2014 9:41:36 AM     (No. 9953881)

I must be living in a bubble because I´m not seeing a lot of hysteria and panic. There are certain channels on TV and certain publications/internet sites I don´t visit so maybe my bubble keeps me isolated. I do see a lot of concern, a lot of questioning but considering the deadly seriousness of Ebola and the tendency of our government to be (much) less than honest I think it´s justified. I´ve seen pictures of the precautions taken in bringing the Americans to the US and judging from the protective tents and hazmat suits somebody´s pretty dammed concerned. It´s not an every day event and if I were in the vicinity when that plane showed up I´d get the heck out of Dodge.

Surely there are folks going over the edge about it but I just don´t see nationwide hysteria. As for the media "spreading misinformation", what else is new?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/5/2014 10:17:42 AM     (No. 9953944)

I would be ready to grant an exception for the doctor infected while helping Ebola victims in Africa. This is a known case where full precautions are always taken as opposed to someone who is infected and flies into the country or someone crossing the open borders into the Country from some of the outbreak countries. This doctor because of his exceptional charity deserves something. He knew the risks, took great care and got infected anyway. Dr Ben Carson was asked and said that he didn´t think even this case should be allowed. I trust his judgement more than these pundits. I also read recently about many cases where the gubmint people were very sloppy in their handling of deadly pathogens. It gives new meaning to the words "I am from the government and I am here to help"


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Reply 14 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/5/2014 11:14:24 AM     (No. 9954023)

Heaven help you if you have a nose bleed in some public place with lots of people around. Reminds me of the Cabin Fever movies.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: joew9, 8/5/2014 12:08:34 PM     (No. 9954080)

The media terrifies everyone.
Then chastises everyone for being terrified.
What a perfect example of Rush´s drive by media.

The media told we were all going to be dead from heterosexual aids during the Clinton administration. Apparently this is what it´s like to be dead. Kinda disappointing. I thought there would be less stress.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/5/2014 1:35:10 PM     (No. 9954172)

I think the word ´panic´ was hyperbole; paranoia is more accurate. I´ve seen posters here seriously assert theories such as bringing these two individuals to the U.S. was part of a government conspiracy to cull the population or something like that.

But of couse, concern and even fear are indeed justified with respect to Ebola entering the West in unprotected manners. I feel sorry for healthy immigrants from Africa. They will become the objects of a paranoia of the understandable type - even if unjustified as the virus is spread from bodily fluids of victims who are already visibly ill.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 8/5/2014 1:42:26 PM     (No. 9954179)

Am I the only skeptic who thinks that bringing the missionaries here is a precursor to O trying to import poor Africans because we can better treat them here with our super duper drugs and isolation skills?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/5/2014 4:02:30 PM     (No. 9954316)

Serious medical question: Ebola has a 21 day incubation rate, if a mosquito bit a person during incubation would it spread the disease to the next "blood donor"?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Libertygal, 8/5/2014 9:29:47 PM     (No. 9954536)

I wouldn´t be AS concerned, if I didn´t already know the failure rate of current contact precautions that have caused the spread of drug resistant MRSA. That being said, can anyone tell me if, and when Emory has addressed some simple questions that no one appears to have asked?
1. Who is responsible for the chain of custody on trash receptacles, dirty linens, towels, and full needle containers removed from the room for incineration?

2. Who is responsible for chain of custody on the mops and other housekeeping items being used in this room to prevent cross-contamination to other housekeeping utensils, buckets, mops, etc., and preventing their use in other rooms?
3. Who will follow the chain of custody on this room when engineering changes the heppa filter in the negative air flow system, and cleans the air ducts? This virus is said to be able to lay dormant in dry conditions, and survive up to 7 days, though it is not known and may survive longer.

Emory spoke about the lab being right outside the room, so specimens didn´t have to be sent to the lab, but I have not heard one word about the paper and plastic eating utensils for each meal that must be incinerated, the linens and towels, and other trash, nor the housekeeping proceedures.

Dr. Ben Carson stated it will only take one mistake, and that likely means one person removing gloves improperly and not washing their hands, but what about these other things mentioned?

Lots and lots of room for mistakes, or even intentional "mistakes".

THAT concerns me. Is someone watching every person leaving, to be certain they wash their hands? Look at MRSA so you don´t have to ask why.

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