Ebola is difficult to catch, umm maybe

(CNN) — A female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, officials said.

The nurse was involved in Duncan’s second visit to the hospital, when he was admitted for treatment, and was wearing protective gear as prescribed by the CDC: gown, gloves, mask and shield, Varga said.

The Important thing to remember her folks is that Ebola is very difficult to contract.  (SARC)

Once again we see a continuing problem with our government, the inability to identify a problem and it’s actual risks then work to mitigate that risk.  There is no need to panic but there is a need to actually put into place real safety practices, not just talk and laser thermometers.  But that’s the problem, our government has lost the ability to take real action.  It’s all talk and more talk. Talk in itself is ok but misinformation may just kill us.

Based on (World Health Organization) WHO’s bulletin, states :

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, feces and vomit.

That’s not too bad is it?  But wait there’s more.

The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Humm that doesn’t sound good. But still the risk is LOW right?

Theoretically, wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently, could transmit the virus – over a short distance – to another nearby person.

This could happen when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.

WHO is not aware of any studies that actually document this mode of transmission. On the contrary, good quality studies from previous Ebola outbreaks show that all cases were infected by direct close contact with symptomatic patients.

“Not aware of” seems to be a key part of this overall statement. That theoretical part may be changing soon.

What’s the US President saying?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I just explained to them that the nature of this disease — the good news is, is that it’s not an airborne disease.  We are familiar with the protocols that are needed to isolate and greatly reduce the risks of anybody catching this disease, but it requires us to follow those protocols strictly, and that’s exactly what we are in the process of doing.  And the CDC is familiar with dealing with infectious diseases and viruses like this.  We know what has to be done and we’ve got the medical infrastructure to do it.  But this is an extraordinarily virulent disease when you don’t follow the protocols.

The biggest problem we have isn’t Ebola it’s a total lack of trust and confidence in our governments ability to tell the truth and work to fix problems rather than ignore them.


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