Texas Nurse Catches Ebola – 2nd Case in America.

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On Fox News, we read:

A health care worker at a Dallas hospital tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement early Sunday.

The health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who has not been identified, provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, who died last week.

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Almost one month ago, President Obama dismissed the chances of Ebola appearing in the USA as an “unlikely event”, and that the chances of it arriving were “extremely low”. That may all have been true. If that was true, then obviously we’ve just been the victims of rotten luck. However, I’m not so sure that was ever true. I think the chances of Ebola arriving in the USA were always somewhat high. I have been waiting since June to hear about our first cases of Ebola. I am dismayed to find my predictions coming true.

The nurse who caught it was apparently wearing her full protective gear:

The nurse was involved in Duncan’s second visit to the hospital, when he was admitted for treatment, and was wearing protective gear as prescribed by the CDC: gown, gloves, mask and shield, Varga said.

This illustrates what I said in my last article on Ebola: that this illness strikes at the root of modern healthcare, because the most likely people to catch it are family members and healthcare professionals tending to victims. This makes caring for victims extremely difficult, unless the caretakers accept the moderate chance of contracting the highly fatal illness themselves.

What’s really disconcerting about this case is that the nurse was supposedly wearing her protective gear, yet still caught it. Was there a breach of protocol, perhaps? Was she, or someone else, cutting corners somewhere? Maybe. Let us hope that was the case, lest that mean that we’re dealing with a particularly demonic strain of the disease.

America is not prepared to deal with a major pandemic, especially something as nasty as Ebola. It’s been nearly 100 years since the last major epidemic. We’ve grown complacent. “It can’t happen here”, Americans tell themselves. It most certainly can happen here. We’ve just been able to outrun most infectious diseases for the past 100 years. It was only a matter of time before one of them caught up to us.

I’m not saying that an Ebola pandemic is guaranteed. Neither am I making apocalyptic predictions of Americans dying off in a disease holocaust. Let me offer some hope: Ebola has yet to make it to any major cities in Africa outside Liberia and Sierra Leone.They have been able to contain it somewhat and avoid a massive catastrophe. This shows that containment efforts do seem to have an impact, at least. However, we can see that Obama and the Healthcare Establishment, both of whom assured us that the chances of Ebola appearing were extremely low, were both a little off-the-mark to say the least. Granted, they didn’t provide a guarantee, but to say that the chances are extremely low and then have 2 cases appear in less than a month reflects pretty poorly on their judgement. Assuredly, they will tell us that these cases were both mostly flukes in the grand scheme. But is that really the case? I don’t know if we can trust the government to be honest with us about the real threat Ebola poses, which is the main problem. It may or may not pose a threat, but if it does, I am not sure the Center for Disease Control will be honest with us until it is far too late.

Here is my recommendation: If you’re someone who likes to be better safe than sorry, like myself, then the time to start preparing for a possible Ebola pandemic is now. I think it’s time to prepare for sitting in your house without leaving for a couple weeks. If Ebola turns into a full-fledged outbreak and you’re not already prepared, then you’re already almost too late. Like I said, I’m not guaranteeing a pandemic, and I hope there isn’t one, but hey: Better safe than sorry, am I right? I am doing my regular grocery shopping later today; I’ll certainly be going a little heavier than usual on the canned and dehydrated goods. For the next two weeks, as I visit the grocery store, I will probably stock up a little more each time. I also plan on accumulating water, just in case the need arises. This all may sound silly to you, and maybe it would be futile anyway. But at least I’d have tried. And if I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to be wrong and I’ll be able to eat all of the stuff I bought, anyway. No harm done.

A pandemic of a serious and mostly fatal disease like Ebola is unprecedented in modern America. I don’t think any of us are sure what to expect. If you live in the big city, then be certain of this: you need a plan for getting out of the city and living elsewhere for awhile, should Ebola arrive in your area.

 

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One Comment on “Texas Nurse Catches Ebola – 2nd Case in America.”

  1. carham October 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    I bought a UV whole house water purifier from off Ebay. Got a good deal. Will install within next few weeks.

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