Instead of 21 days, it turns out somebody suspected of Ebola infection should be quarantined and monitored for twice that time, 42 days.
From the World Health Organization: “For WHO to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass through 42 days, with active surveillance demonstrably in place, supported by good diagnostic capacity, and with no new cases detected. Active surveillance is essential to detect chains of transmission that might otherwise remain hidden.”
The WHO estimates 2% of Ebola incubations occur after 21 days.
In other words, a number of people who passed the 21 days of observation without symptoms may in fact be infected and when released possibly pass the disease on to others.
The globalist organization said earlier this week it is “alarmed by media reports of suspected Ebola cases imported into new countries that are said, by government officials or ministries of health, to be discarded as ‘negative’ within hours after the suspected case enters the country.”
As the case of Texas nurse Nina Pham, who came down with Ebola after contact with patient zero, Thomas Duncan, and the response by the CDC and nurses, it should be painfully obvious the U.S. healthcare system is woefully unprepared to deal with an Ebola epidemic.
The CDC, a classic government bureaucracy with a bloated budget ($6.6 billion a year), has reacted in dinosaur fashion to the spread of the disease in the United States. The revelation the disease has a much longer incubation period will exacerbate its ineffectual response.
The top government bureaucrat at the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, told us not to worry about Ebola, that protocols were in place to contain the disease. After the Pham incident the leviathan agency declared there was a “breach of protocol” and Ms. Pham was to blame. After a nurse union complained about Freiden’s pass the buck response, we found out that, in fact, virtually all hospitals in the U.S. are not prepared to handle Ebola patients.
Ebola requires what is called level 4 bio-containment. “In the US there are 4 units geared up to handle Ebola. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, has 3 beds. Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, has 10 beds. Emory Hospital, Atlanta has 3 beds and St Patricks Hospital, Missoula has 3 beds,” writes Liz Bennett for Underground Medic.
In other words, the U.S. is basically in the same boat as West Africa. “I think we just found out why the government(s) are under-playing the situation,” Bennett continues. “They simply do not have the facilities to cope with even a small outbreak. They are, in fact in exactly the same position as the dirt-poor hospitals in West Africa… there are not enough facilities to stop the spread of the disease if it gets out. The quality of care is better, but the availability of containment most likely isn’t.”
Congress has promised to get to the bottom of the crisis, but you can bet this will quickly devolve into the normal Republican-vs-Democrat partisan free-for-all. As Carroll Quigley observed, the one party political system in the United States was designed to produce bickering that produces predictable and manageable results.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Thursday’s hearing comes as lawmakers ratchet up their criticism of the U.S. response to the Ebola virus. Republicans have lambasted the Obama administration for its handling of the disease. Democrats have said Republicans have failed to provide additional funding for health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while also calling for more preparation from the government.
Obama, who cancelled campaign events to “monitor the federal government’s response to the first instances of Ebola in the U.S.,” and Democrats, who in typical knee jerk fashion want to throw confiscated tax payer money at the disease and bloat the federal bureaucracy further, will ensure nothing of significance happens. Republicans, on the other hand, seem content with merely criticizing Obama and the Democrats.
Once again demonstrating government reacts in sluggish dinosaur fashion, House Speaker John Boehner has called for a travel ban from West Africa while Democrats, led by the ever inapt Nancy Pelosi, say this is not necessary.
The White House has resisted any effort to stem the virus by banning travel from West Africa. Instead, it has ordered what amounts to a facile public relations campaign – instituting “disease surveillance” at airports, an effort experts roundly condemn as not only ineffectual, but ludicrous.
Polls reveal two-thirds of Americans want passengers from West African nations barred from entering the United States, but as usual the government arrogantly ignores them.
Ryan McMaken writes that the “long-term view of the history of disease prevention does not present much of an impeachable case for government intervention. Indeed, governments excel at creating the conditions that enhance the spread of disease, as they did with the Spanish flu in the aftermath of World War I.”
As Ron Paul noted recently, Firestone established treatment and quarantine procedures to prevent the spread of the disease in Harbel, Liberia, where the company maintains a rubber plantation.
“Firestone’s success in containing Ebola shows that, far from justifying new state action, the Ebola crises demonstrates that individuals acting in the free market can do a better job of containing Ebola than can governments,” Paul writes.
“It is far more likely that a decentralized and private-property-based approach would be more manageable, effective, and adaptable to local conditions,” McMaken adds.
But, of course, the decentralized, local and property-based solutions proposed by Paul and McMaken are anathema to ever-expanding government, so we can expect more of the same as the disease continues to spread.
It’s not called Obola for nothing.