Travelers from West Africa will undergo screenings for fever, a symptom of Ebola, at five U.S. airports, but such screenings can be beaten by Ibuprofen, according to an infection control specialist.
Temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa will soon begin at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Kennedy International in New York, Dulles International near D.C., Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, federal officials announced today.
But Sean Kaufman, who previously worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the SARS outbreak, said airport screenings looking for fever, a symptom of Ebola, can be defeated by Ibuprofen, which reduces fever.
“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” he said. “People can take Ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they?”
The new “fever screenings” by the Obama administration are little more than security theater designed to make federal officials look like saviors when in fact they have violated their own protocols which prevent a virus from spreading.
For one thing, on the CDC web site, the agency states that Ebola is an example of a “dangerous and exotic” virus which necessitates containment in “Biosafety Level 4” labs observing the “highest level of biological safety,” yet Ebola patients in the U.S. are being treated in hospitals below a BSL-4 rating.
“Allegedly the Ebola carriers will be quarantined in special rooms, but we already know that American hospitals cannot even contain staph infections,” columnist Paul Craig Roberts wrote. “What happens to the utensils, plates, cups, and glasses with which the Ebola infected persons eat and drink and who gets to clean the bed pans?”
“One slip-up by one person, one tear in a rubber glove, and the virus is loose.”
And such a slip-up occurred in Spain where a nurse treating an Ebola patient contracted the disease after reportedly touching her face with her glove.
“During the course of the morning, we looked at actions taken when [the nurse’s aide] put on her protective suit,” German Ramirez, the doctor treating the nurse, said. “She has told us of the possibility that her suit had contact with her face… It could have been an accident.”
“It looks like it was the gloves.”
Additionally, the Spanish hospital where the nurse was treating the Ebola patient did not observe the European equivalent to BSL-4 safety precautions.
And U.S. officials have veered so far from proper Ebola precautions that one emergency manager described it as a stand down.
“The fact that [Ebola] is being allowed to travel into the United States is insane and the fact that emergency operations have not been activated is insane and this is on purpose and by design,” the emergency response manager stated. “There are many competent people in the CDC, the military and emergency management officers who need to blow the whistle.”
“They’re being ordered to stand down from the top.”