By now you have heard about our newest Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer. Evidently he went bowling, used the subway system and rode in a cab before ending up in the hospital and testing positive. With a metro area population of around 20 million it would seem that New York City is one of the worst places that this could happen.
You know what’s coming…
Get ready for the latest round of propaganda. Obama, the CDC and the new Ebola Czar will be all over this situation, you can be sure… Stopping planes from coming here is the last thing we want to do. The White House and CDC have told us repeatedly that banning certain travelers is a bad idea. Everything is under control. We need not panic because they know what they are doing. Let’s just leave it to the experts. If I believed any of that I’d be much happier this morning.
Do you remember the “enhanced screening” process that the CDC was recently talking about putting into place? Well it is in place and it doesn’t seem to work very well.
Ironically, The New York Times reported on the enhanced screening process just hours before the latest positive Ebola diagnosis went public:
How are air travelers being screened in the United States?
Enhanced screening measures are in effect at five major hubs for passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, including temperature checks and detailed questioning on arrival.
The screenings are taking place at Kennedy Airport in New York,Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson International and Newark Liberty International. Passengers will also undergo detailed questioning upon their arrival.
Passengers at other points of entry will continue to be screened by customs agents, who examine travelers for visible signs of illness and distribute fact sheets to those who have traveled in West African nations affected by the outbreak. In addition, the T.S.A. is providing guidance to airlines on how to identify passengers who are ill.
Dr. Craig Spencer passed their enhanced screening, despite entering through one of these five major hubs. He went through the process without being flagged for any kind of mandatory quarantine. The CDC admitted it last night. See for yourself.
Healthcare worker returned through JFK Airport on Oct. 17, participated in enhanced screening for all returning travelers from W. Africa.
— CDC (@CDCgov) October 24, 2014
So what exactly is the purpose of this advanced screening? Is it simply to let us know that a traveler might be an Ebola risk? Are we not going to do anything about those who are?
Not only did they admit that their enhanced screening didn’t work, they very much admitted that it is another failure of an idea:
Patient didn't have fever or other symptoms of illness during screening; reported fever to health officials for 1st time today.
— CDC (@CDCgov) October 24, 2014
Be sure to call us just as soon as you develop Ebola Dr. Spencer.
The latest talk is that 21-day observation periods will now start happening for those that have traveled from Ebola-ridden countries. That would not have kept Dr. Spencer from landing and entering this country. Observation might have caught his Ebola sooner but it would not have stopped him from coming in contact with others. So will a 21 day observation period work? It’s doubtful that it can work and certainly without strict quarantine procedures it has no chance. Two studies have recently surfaced, including one from the World Health Organization, that suggest that 21 days is not long enough. The incubation period is now believed to be longer than 21 days in up to 12% of cases. But rather than suggest 42 day quarantines, how about we just stop letting these people enter in the first place?
For anyone who is still listening to the mainstream media and the government, in regards to Ebola, it is time to reassess. You can not put your safety in their hands. They have proven that over and over again. Your family’s safety is in your hands.