Thu 16 Oct 2014
So much for my hiatus from this site.
The situation with Ebola visiting upon our shores has forced me to put aside my busy work schedule and put finger to keyboard.
What is WRONG with our national “leaders?” Why did they allow continued travel from West Africa when they knew full well that there was a better chance of Ebola being brought to our shores by an infected vector than there are the chances of experiencing a single effect of global warming??? Well, the selfish act by Thomas Eric Duncan — who by the way was an illegal alien — has brought the vicious Ebola pathogen to our virgin shores, and I fear our nation will never be the same again. There are so many what-ifs in this situation that have not fully played out, and probably won’t for weeks, month or years. In less than two week’s time we had Duncan arrive and then infect two nurses who courageously minded him in the hospital before he died. How many other people have been infected by these nurses who were in the “wild” before exhibiting symptoms? How effective have the “decontamination” measures been with regards to the places that Duncan and the two nurses have visited? Was anyone contaminated in the Cleveland, Ohio area, where the second nurse visited to plan her wedding, on the plane she used for her return ride when she was clearly contagious, and at the Dallas-Ft. Worth International airport…and beyond in the greater Dallas area when she returned? Is the first nurse’s little dog now a vector? How many other nurses at the Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital were infected…and how many other patients, who the nurses cared for at the same time as Duncan, were exposed and infected?
If only two nurses other than Duncan are infected, we are the luckiest people and nation on the planet. But is this a good way to run our state of affairs? Depending upon DUMB LUCK to get us through a deadly crisis. Because with the present sad state of our federal “leadership” and the CDC, we are now firmly in the grip of luck to get us through this Ebola situation. The CDC has been almost insane in its response…and their recommendations and statements have been frightening, contradictory, illogical, just plain silly and frustrating. They don’t seem to know what to do outside of their four-walled fiefdoms in DC and Atlanta. They are allowing the events in the real world to overtake them and swamp them. Their “protocols” for dealing with the prevention of Ebola transmission defy common sense and logic. And their lack of a call to end air flights from West Africa…the source of NEW Ebola infections, is beyond perplexing. As are their reasons for not quarantining West Africa and West Africans.
In some nod to political correctness and white guilt are we going to expose ourselves to this pathogen that did not exist on American soil before October 2014, and suffer the consequences just because West Africans are suffering? Are we now engaged in some international suicide pact?
What I do know is that if Ebola takes hold in our nation, our way of life is going to change dramatically…forever…and not for the good. Given that it costs so much to treat a single patient (the illegal Duncan ran up a hospital tab of over $500,000) and that so much minute-to-minute intensive medical care is required, and outbreak that involved even 10,000 people portends to break our national health system. Now imagine those 10,000 people in disparate states. That portends to bring our country to a standstill, and cripple us economically. Nationwide outbreaks also threaten to grind our commerce…the life’s blood of our daily life, to a halt. Are YOU prepared to experience a protracted period of time when no fuel, food or services, including utilities, are delivered to you or the area in which you live? How will you deal with the situation if Ebola becomes more widespread? These aren’t conspiracy theory kook questions. They are questions that MUST be considered if you are going to care for yourself and you loved ones. One thing is perfectly clear, we are in an every man for himself situation, because the government is wholly incapable of helping or caring for us. Just look at the expressions on the faces of the cast of characters presently pulling on the levers of power during news conferences if you want an exercise in terror and incompetence. I can only imagine that from the White House to the furthest reaches of the federal government that everyone is presently at “Pucker Factor One.” Part of this is ignorance. Part is stupidity. Part is naked hubris…thinking that we can control any situation, even those far beyond the scope of our control as mere mortals.
My advice to you is that so long as the government doesn’t shut down travel from West Africa, you should prepare yourself for the worst case scenario. Stock up on bottled water. Stock up on non-perishable food. Buy yourself some respirator filters. Stay informed, and DO NOT PANIC. The last thing you want to do is act out of fear or panic — that only makes things worse. And for God’s sake, do things that make sense to YOU…and don’t blindly take advice from “officials” who clearly are out of their depth.
We will get through this, but I think that the States have to take up the slack where the federal government has let us down. One other thing we can do to help ourselves is to contact our elected representatives in the US House and US Senate and DEMAND that future flights from West Africa, as well as travelers from West Africa are quarantined and prevented from entering our nation. Cripes, we prevent people from entering the country based on ideological/political reasons, so why not for being the potential vector for a dangerous, deadly pathogen?
We need to DEMAND that the United States government do what is sensible, logical, right and in the best interests of the citizens of the United States…as is demanded by the US Constitution.