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    Posted October 15, 2014 by
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    On the front lines of Ebola

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    So you need a protocol for Ebola? Here it is.

    Containing infection here in America:

    Make 2 hospital entrances. 1 for only patients who are ill and have recently returned from an infected country. 1 for all other patients.

    I don't understand why 1 man needed over 60 medical staff to try and treat him? There needs to be teams of a limited quantity who only work on these cases. Otherwise, we run the risk of contaminating all of our doctors and then who will be there to help others? Those doctors may also contaminate other patients. Regular patients will avoid seeking medical help for fear of exposure. We also run the risk of medical staff strikes. These nurses claim they have been ill prepared to handle it. Wouldn't you want to quit if you were a nurse? This is why there needs to be a special team. Better care, less cross contamination.

    They still don't understand how the nurse got it. And they need to figure that out. But if that staff could have been quarantined, at least now their families would be safe.

    Sure, I know they say it's not airborne. Yet. But if we treat it like it is airborne, won't that be smarter? And who knows, maybe it already is. It certainly seems as contaminating as if it were....

    Keeping it out:

    The infected man who travelled to Texas is just the beginning. It will happen again and again because people are allowed to travel.

    Order all non essential workers in these infected countries to return to their home countries. This can only work though if all countries participate. Put those returning on a separate plane and quarantine them all for 21 days automatically, regardless of symptoms.

    Now to help those other countries.

    If we don't assist these stricken countries with better medical treatment for their pandemic, then those exposed will come here seeking the treatment instead. Stop all non essential travel from affected cities. This will keep the illnesses isolated to where they are now. If we work hard on those areas, we can gain some headway and we can begin to shrink the infection zones. The sooner it's controlled there, the sooner we can rest better here.

    What if?

    If we don't get our protocols in order quickly, then every time someone sneezes in a Walmart, people are going to panic. Stock markets will tumble. People who work in medical fields, transportation and sanitation will strike. Unemployment will go back up. People will ignore their heart attack symptoms and avoid the hospitals. We will have a large medical staff shortage. School attendance will drop. Every time someone walks into an ER with a common cold, the entire town will panic. If we don't stop travel in and out of these countries, then sooner or later, every hospital will be seeing a potential Ebola patient, yet only a few facilities are even capable of taking them in. And right now, those patients are sitting next to the kid in the waiting room with a broken arm. Right now, we can ask a patient - Have you traveled here recently? But later we will be quarantining all headaches and sore throats just by symptom alone because it will be too late. It's not a pandemic here yet, but we need to get our act together to keep it that way.

    The media keeps quoting the specialists as saying "out of an abundance of caution..."
    But yet they don't seem to be doing the very things that are most important and most common sense.

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