Ebola the dreaded virus we all have feared, from a distance, of course seems to have finally landed right here in the good ol’ USA. Fluke? Accidental? negligence?. Maybe some of all. Maybe just one. Hard to tell. One thing is for sure, from early reports, and having had some experience in dealing with a similar epidemic, this thing ain’t over yet. This I can assure you.
Let me try to explain. We all know the horror stories out of the African nation of Liberia. The thousands effected, and infected by the devastation and quick destruction that this viral condition accomplishes in a very short period of time. After a 21 day incubation period the first signs of Ebola usually appear with mere flu-like conditions that rapidly get worse. end in convulsive vomiting, enternal bleeding, and eventual agonizing death. That is a quick synopsis.
The problem is that usually there are no signs that the patient has the virus, and it has apparently been found that during incubation that they can not infect other people. they are well, or seem well. They can travel, and no one is impacted. That has been the crux as to why it has finally made its way to the United states.
It starts in Dallas Texas where a few mere short days ago, a male subject was admitted to a hospital with Ebola. However the historical data is stunning if not surprisingly unbelivable. The patient was actually in physical contact with an Ebola patient in Liberia. He handled her, carried her, and in this manner contracted the virus. before the incubation period is over though he flies to The United states, and moves in with family members, which include five children. During the remaining course of the 21 day incubation period he is in the house, he gets seriously ill, most likely infecting everyone in the house before going to the hospital. He is given antibiotics and released. Then returns by ambulance a few days later where he is diagnosed with full-blown, infectus, transmittable Ebola. The kids have been in school, the adults at work, and some 80 other people exposed to the disorder. As a matter of fact, as the investigatory process has continued, almost a week after the patient is hospitalized, some 100 if not more, are now monitored in the Dallas area alone.
Dateline Atlanta Georgia, a male subject in an Atlanta jail admits that he had been in Liberia after he too shows signs of infective Ebola. How many prisoners and staff are subject to this watch? Then just last night, A possible Ebola case is reported and being monitored in washington DC our nations capital.
Meanwhile, once again, no real response from the President, who stands by waiting, it seems for the full impact before he says, or does anything.
Our government says they can do nothing to control free traffic into and out of the United States. But, in any epidemical model the first thing the host of the epidemic does, or should do is stop any spread of the condition, by locking down their country, that is closing down and stopping any and all free flow traffic out of the country. the United states should have stopped all and any free flow traffic, especially out of Liberia, refusing entry into the United states under any and all circumstances until this situation is brought under control. This is obviously not the case here. Now the virus is here, on US soil, and seems at least to me to be spreading out of control. All this dear reader, while your Federal Government says everything is under control. Really? It was never under control. We were not, and are not prepared for this health crisis. we are not capable of handling thousands of infectus Ebola cases here in The United states. Our Health care system is not capable of handling it. You know it, I know it and the Federal government knows it.
And what is amazing is that all we had to do was restrict entry from liberia.
If this thing is anything like the AIDS crisis in the 80’s we are in for a major health care crisis of the likes we have never seen before. Why? Because the spread and transmission will be rapid and across the country in no time based on the rate of airline travel.
Lets all sit back and see how our Federal Government handles this one.