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Tired of being called “hysterical?”

Because that’s what all the elite would have you believe you are when you have concerns about their ability (and competency) to contain a virus with a 50 -70% death rate.  This is the same elite that told us the virus was unlikely to show up here (it has) and that air travel wasn’t a real threat (air travel is precisely how the virus arrived here).  And anyone who says differently is “hysterical”.

Now we learn we have a second infected nurse and, just to add to the irony, she traveled by air to and from Cleveland, OH the day prior to diagnosis.  So wait lets think about this … we had 75 health care workers come in contact with patient zero in the US and they were left to just resume their normal lives afterward with no thought to possibly holding them in some sort of loose quarantine to insure they weren’t infected?  And, as it turns out, at least two were.

Additionally, the plane remained in service and made two more round trip flights.  But, the CDC says, you’re not dangerous until you run a fever and she wasn’t diagnosed with the disease until after the flight. So, as our Top Men at the CDC said, she likely wasn’t infectious.  CNN burst that bubble today by reporting she was running a fever on the flight.

Folks, I hate to say it, but this sort of sloppiness and counter-intuitive activity is exactly how epidemics spread.  But we’re “hysterical”.

Then there’s plain old human nature to consider.  As a friend of mine wrote:

If you want to understand selfishness, look no further than the behavior of people caught up in the ongoing Ebola scare — a man who lied so he could board a plane from Africa, a nurse who boarded a plane even though she was at risk of getting Ebola because she treated that man, a journalist/doctor who is now under mandatory quarantine because she violated a voluntary one, family members who have resisted being quarantined while at high risk of contracting Ebola.

This kind of behavior is precisely why Ebola is an epidemic in West Africa, and Americans apparently haven’t learned anything from watching the news there. Or worse, they just don’t care. They aren’t willing to be inconvenienced for a few weeks in order to protect those around them.

Exactly.  Add that to the sloppiness of the so-called protocols, if they even exist, and you have the makings of something which could easily get out of hand.  But we’re “hysterical”.

Gerlado Rivera tweeted a question yesterday wondering if those who were calling for a ban on flights from Africa would now be for one on Texas since Ebola had now been found there?  Gerry’s never been considered a rocket brain surgeon, but this was dumb even for him.  And, of course, the irony of the situation – the fact that Ebola got to Texas via the air – was apparently lost on the poor boy.

Now we learn that the disease my have a 42 day incubation period which would make the CDC’s 21 day quarantine entirely inadequate.   We also learn that Patient Zero spent 90 minutes in the open among other patients in the Dallas hospital’s ER – and apparently no one is trying to run down those folks.  But we’re “hysterical”.

I guess we should all just shut up and follow Bill Quick’s facetious advice:

Not to worry, though. Even though she was running a fever, and even though she later tested positive for Ebola, there is absolutely no possibility whatsoever that she might have been infectious while on that plane.

How do I know this is undeniably true? Because Top. Men. at the CDC told me so.

Don’t worry, be happy.

Putting on my Alfred E. Newman face as I type and sitting back to watch our Top Men’s slow motion train wreck unfold.

Utter failure.


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12 Responses to Tired of being called “hysterical?”

  • WaPo Plum Line by Paul Waldman:
    So there are a few things to keep in mind as we think about this disease. The first is that politicians have almost nothing to contribute when it comes to keeping us safe.

    • And Tom Friedan and the President will never be required to wheel corpses out of the quarantine rooms to make room for the next victim, uh patient.

  • Don’t panic! If things get really, really bad you can take comfort in knowing our political elite and their families will be very well cared for.

    • I’m pretty sure the only way right now to get an immunity to this thing is to catch it.
      So, if it gets loose, I hope they enjoy their isolation.

  • Part of the problem after learning to deal with the Black Death, cholera, typhoid and other diseases. Add in immunization and antibioltics, we became very good at being disease free. Free enough to have what we learned over centuries of misery and grief fall out of most people’s common sense.

    We have people who in many, not all cases, can’t bring themselves to cause their children a moment of discomfort so they rationalize a bunch of reasons to wave off immunization.

    I’ve had the pleasure to work with HV devices in the past few years. There is a thing that can happen where a person is gettting electified at just the right current and voltage they can’t let go of what they are holding that is harming them. A person may come over and try to pull them off, but they get locked in and start being electrified. Next thing you know you have a chain of 2,3,4,5 people cooking where only 1 was at harm. At some point people around realize they have to stop that approach and either find another way to stop it or let it happen. The training was to avoid that situation.

    Anyway that is the victim caregiver scenario here. Most Ebola victims in Africa and here it seems are family members and professional caregivers of former victims. Seems in Africa the mechanism is so effective, the deathtoll has to become horrific before common sense kicks in. We’re no better it seems.

  • Mumbles something about duct tape and trash bags. Yeah… that’ll do the trick.

    • Remember not to touch the OUTSIDE of the duct tape and trash bags when you’re getting them off.

  • The elephant in the room is that our government has spent billions of dollars to be able to handle a bio-terrorism event, but it’s quite clear from the handling of these few cases of Ebola that while the system may have the logistics down, they have never taken the details very seriously.
    There are certain assumptions in life (i.e. all criminals are black unless otherwise noted, all corrupt politicians are Democrats unless otherwise noted). We can now add that a bio-terrorism event would be a huge mess.

  • We couldn’t handle a handful of patients wo running out of resources

  • Keep seeing the mass die-off scenes in Stephen King’s “The Stand” play in my mind in an endless loop… Highways jammed with stalled cars entering the Holland Tunnel, hospitals over-run with the infected, no staff or supplies to treat them, the thin veneer of civilization gone like it never existed. Final scene: pan in to a farmers field, slowly come to a stop on a tractor with the farmer’s corpse still at the wheel. King really was a master extrapolating a kernel of truth into a nightmare scenario. But, hey, that stuff only happens in the movies. Right?