Ebola: What’s Changed in 24 Hours?

October 16, 2014

There’s been some understandable speculation as to how some things seem to have changed with regard to Obama’s handling of the domestic Ebola crisis in the last 24 hours. An at best seemingly lethargic, when not playing golf, Obama looks fully engaged and a second nurse has been flown to Atlanta. Additionally, various communities and entities – schools and airlines for example – are beginning to look almost hyperactive in their response to the threat.

Without wanting this to seem like a sky is falling scenario – it isn’t that – by putting together a few simple pieces of the puzzle we’re seeing, it is possible to come up with a portrait of events that suggests things are about to become relatively worse with regard to the now outbreak of Ebola here at home.

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.

More via CDC: Ebola Patient Traveled By Air With “Low-Grade” Fever « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.

It’s not unreasonable to posit that nurse two has been transported to Atlanta, as opposed to remaining in Dallas, as a sort of triage move. Atlanta is the far more experienced and sophisticated facility in this particular regard and more prepared for a worst case scenario as regards nurse two.

It’s now being reported she’s more advanced than nurse one and may even have been symptomatic during a flight she took from Cleveland to Dallas. Presumably, she also spent some number of days moving about Cleveland while harboring the virus. It’s also quite possible that this bug could mutate, or even be spread by sneeze droplets as it stands.

Via the Dallas News:  “… a page on the CDC’s website says the disease may be transmitted if an Ebola patient coughs or sneezes on someone and saliva or mucus comes into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth”.

None of the above is drawn from so called conspiracy websites; nor is it intended to portray a bodies falling in the street scenario. But people can and likely will die from this disease – they’re already doing that around the world every day – and government officials have been cautioning about more cases here at home for days. It’s not implausible to think that we’re now there.

The few facts above alone may indicate that this bug has now gotten beyond a level of containment this government never fully envisioned and one for which it may have never fully planned. While only a theory, it  would explain the difference in the official response we’ve begun to see in the last 24 hours.


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