The White House somehow found the time to host a fashion show despite government officials admitting they are completely unprepared for an AIDS-like Ebola pandemic in the U.S.
Even though a customs agent admitted his department is not trained or equipped to deal with individuals infected with Ebola and the Secretary of Health and Human Services revealed there may be others with Ebola in the U.S., in addition to a mainstream reporter admitting “we’re screwed,” the Obama administration still held the “Fashion Education Workshop” on Wednesday in the largest room in the White House.
“All right, we’re just going to break this up one moment and just say, is this not cool?” Michelle Obama said to those in attendance. “I mean, come on. You’re in the White House. There are some of the most impressive people in fashion here to teach you all, and to reach out and to mentor you.”
“And there’s food. What more could you ask for?”
Perhaps a temporary ban on travelers from Ebola-struck countries, for one? Or health officials who actually follow proper disease protocols meant to prevent a deadly virus such as Ebola from spreading?
Right now Ebola is spreading with an intensity not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
“I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,” Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said to the United Nations.
Yesterday the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, died in a Dallas hospital and others are showing symptoms of Ebola, including a Dallas Co. Deputy Sheriff who was ordered to enter Duncan’s apartment without protective gear.
Two other deputies are feeling sick, according to Scott Guiselman, President of the Dallas Sheriff Fraternal Order of Police.
“We were not provided with Hazmat suits or anything like that,” he told CNN.
And this wasn’t a freak accident but rather the norm in the government’s response to Ebola, which is unlikely to improve if the White House’s preoccupation with a fashion show is any indication.
Even the recently announced “fever screenings” at five U.S. airports are nothing more than security theater because the screenings can be beaten with Ibuprofen which reduces fever.
“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” Sean Kaufman, who previously worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. “People can take Ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they?”
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