PC Epidemiology Is Not The Cure
I previously opined that barring a series of catastrophic bureaucratic snafus, the United States had very low risk of a major Ebola epidemic. Being the eternal optimist that I am; I’m only putting on enough gear to reach MOPP-Level 2 as I head for the Cube Farm.* I’m still fairly certain that we will endure fewer than 1,000 Ebola fatalities this Winter. I’m just less confident now because we are seeing a governmental response to this situation that brings a certain YouTube of Mark Sanchez to mind.
We start with the sad, yet illuminating case of Patient #2 – Amber Joy Vinson. The DFW affiliate of CBS tells us the following.
The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.
It gets worse. The CDC knew Nurse Vincent was flying after treating Patient 0, and approved of her getting on the plane.
“This nurse, Nurse Vinson, did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk,” said Dr. LaPook on the CBS Evening News.
They looked at a temperature. She wasn’t in the High-Risk Category. If forty or fifty people that flew on that plane show up in hospitals in various American cities, you can’t legally blame the CDC. They read their chart. They washed their hands. What happens next is not their problem. It’s not like they broke protocol.
We get further news of our government’s negligent disregard for the lives of American citizens with respect to the current Ebola outbreak. We learn from a letter that Congressman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Ed RoyceHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard68% has sent to Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Given the critical need to contain this disease at its source, I was surprised that the Department of State has not already exercised its authority to suspend …read more