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Ebola's Biggest Benefactor Is Human Error

By Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:01 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Mindboggling. Astounding. Incomprehensible. All describe the mistakes and idiotic actions of government officials and healthcare professionals dealing with the Ebola virus.
But here’s the most important descriptor: expected. Since we are willfully letting Ebola in, how could we not expect unintended consequences? History teaches us it’s inevitable. 
It’s bad enough that Ebola-stricken Americans are entering the U.S., but by granting unrestricted access to anyone who has traveled to West Africa within a 21-day time frame (Ebola’s incubation period), we asked for big trouble. And now through Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national who flew to America and became the first person to die from it after arriving on U.S. soil, we got it.
But don’t worry, we’re told. The “experts” have everything under control. America is more than prepared to stop Ebola.
Nothing to fear, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses in history, and the year-long outbreak in Africa was unprecedented. We should have been prepared. But in America, being proactive is treated with contempt, so Ebola was given a free ride.  
In the interest of preserving human civilization, let’s look at why Ebola, despite being downplayed, is such a grave threat.
Ebola has a mortality rate up to 90 percent. Though person-to-person contact is not necessary to contract it, it’s immediately obvious what we are facing. Yet officials continue not believing that Ebola presents a potentially unstoppable pandemic, especially if it mutates.
Too many view pandemics, such as the black death, as the ancient past, arrogantly believing modern medicine can stop anything. But they forget 20th century history. The Spanish Flu of 1918 devastated the world, including America, infecting more than 500 million. It killed with startling efficiency, and as many as 100 million people perished (5 percent of the global population), leading Spanish flu to be called "the greatest medical holocaust in history.”
Given that Ebola’s lethality is, at a minimum, 300 percent greater than the Spanish Flu, it’s anything but alarmist to think we should be pulling out all the stops to halt Ebola. But we’re not.
1. Admitting Americans with Ebola into the U.S. is playing Russian Roulette with five bullets in a six-round gun. We should spare no expense in setting up a Level-4 Bio-Hazard lab on a remote island to treat Americans. No exceptions. But instead, the borders, especially at airports, remain wide open, warmly welcoming Mr. Ebola. That’s not compassionate. That’s suicide.
2. After exhibiting Ebola symptoms at a Dallas hospital, Thomas Duncan was sent home,even after telling healthcare workers he had just been to Liberia, Ebola’s Ground Zero. First, the hospital blamed a nurse for not passing along that information, then claimed Duncan’s medical report wasn’t visible due to an electronic records glitch. Also false. Turns out everyone had access to the information, but simply missed it. Incomprehensible, but also expected.
3. The highly contagious Duncan roamed for days, infecting God knows how many, and, truly, only God knows, because the “experts” have no idea. And even after Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, his family and friends moved freely, including sending possibly exposed children to school.
The family was eventually quarantined in Duncan’s petri-dish apartment alongside his virus-ridden sheets and clothes. Unfathomably, no officials deemed it important to remove the family and decontaminate the apartment. The first clean-up crew and police had no virus protection. And the emergency services’ reverse-911 call to warn residents failed embarrassingly.  
Clearly, Ebola’s biggest benefactor is human error. And that is why it cannot be contained. We knew it was coming, yet inexcusably bad decisions were made. What happens when it appears in a different form on a mass scale?
All of which makes the statements of Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — “We are stopping it in its tracks in this country . . . we will stop it here” — ring hollow, huh?
The CDC keeps changing its story, out of both ignorance and deceit. Its leaders believe that by downplaying the extreme seriousness of Ebola and reassuring Americans that all is under control, the problem will go away. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Mindboggling. Astounding. Incomprehensible. All describe the mistakes and idiotic actions of government officials and healthcare professionals dealing with the Ebola virus.
Ebola, Human-Error, CDC, virus
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:01 PM
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