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Ebola patient in Oregon(15 posts)
Posted on October 31, 2014 - 09:29 PM #
She is not an "Ebola patient" - she is someone visiting from Liberia who has a fever and is being isolated and tested out of an abundance of caution.
Even if she does turn out to have Ebola, I'm not particularly worried. It's an extremely difficult virus to catch, as demonstrated in Dallas. Thomas Duncan was highly contagious when staying with his girlfriend and her family at an apartment for several days, and none of them got sick; the two nurses who got Ebola got it presumably because they were working with/near highly contagious bodily fluids. Duncan went to the ER twice at that Dallas hospital and no one else there got infected.Posted on October 31, 2014 - 09:46 PM #
10-4Posted on November 1, 2014 - 12:33 AM #
very true...Ebola is hard to get...so far..and we hope it stays that way..my brother is a graduate Microbiologist...we have had discussions about Ebola..as you can imagine...he says the chances of Ebola 'going airborne'..( not from sneezed droplets dropped into a moist environment or deposited on a door knob for a couple of hours ) ...but really airborne like cold viruses and flues etc...is very small..its possible but small , something on the order of less than 0.1%...and that would come from just the right mutation encountered when the virus mutates in any given human host at any given time...
So each time a human gets the virus, there is a less than 0.1 % chance it could develop into an airborne virus like a cold or flu. This is another reason WHY we have to stop this thing in its tracks ASAP. Not just the mortality issues, but the MUTATION issue !! Its very very small but possible and NO ONE wants this thing to 'go there"..Posted on November 1, 2014 - 12:43 PM #
I was amused Friday..standing in line waiting for my lunch at one of our High Schools. I work there on occasion and was in the cafeteria in the Nacho Line...some cafeteria worker bee High School kid made a joke about Ebola..I couldn't really hear it all that well..but two of the other kids working in there were very explicit """
EBOLA JOKES ARENT FUNNY !!! STOP THAT !!
I was struck by the fact that these retorts weren't coming from an adult ! But from the KIDS !!Posted on November 1, 2014 - 12:52 PM #
Great story, Al. I'm glad to hear it. I have also noticed that many kids today seem more polite than before. I can only refer back to parents, who are Gen Exer's, born post 1975, are to be credited. Perhaps they saw something in society that pushed them to create a better parental plan. Hopefully, this will continue.
As for Ebola, good grief. While I appreciate your stats, you actually putting some scientific info out there is important. This is reminding me of Y2K. As in, "We are all doomed". Nope. And the same with this. Nope.Posted on November 1, 2014 - 05:39 PM #
Additionally, even if the Ebola virus becomes airborne, (unlikely), I have confidence that the United States will be able to shut it down very quickly.
They are trying to help Africa do the same, with still no factual information that this disease is spread airborne, but becuase of cultural differences, there are mixed results, but there are many elements that hinder the U.S. from doing this on another continent. I have total confidence that the C.D.C. will be able to contain any expansion of the disease. Most Americans will not come even close to those with Ebola symptoms, thus, this is not a threat.Posted on November 1, 2014 - 05:59 PM #
The world should be thinking beyond this Ebola outbreak. Ebola creeps up in these countries fairly regularly. How can we help these countries knock it out quickly next time? Will it take a big influx of money to modernize their health care apparatus a little bit? A lot of money spent now could save a whole lot more later. I imagine just the money spent on the few US Ebola cases we've had has been considerable.
I hope an Ebola vaccine is forthcoming, but there are several different versions of the virus as I understand it, so I'm not sure how easy or quick it will be to nail down an effective, safe vaccine.Posted on November 1, 2014 - 06:06 PM #
Excellent point, Andrew. Why not spend money at the source to eventualy protect the United States? And perhaps spare many in Africa at the same time? Isn't this common sense?Posted on November 1, 2014 - 06:15 PM #
Where Ebola becomes dangerous is when people do stupid things as has been done in several instances in the U.S.Posted on November 1, 2014 - 06:54 PM #