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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola and CDC's carelessness

After 2 healthcare workers tested positive in the US, there was lack of consensus on whether or not Ebola is airborne . The fact of the matter is, Ebola is not airborne yet healthcare workers can get infected while removing their own protective gear after it's contaminated. According to past reports CDC has itself needed airlock space suits while working with Ebola virus and then a shower of chemical disinfectant before removing those suits. So, how can healthcare workers in hospitals caring for intensely symptomatic Ebola patients - vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes bleeding - be considered safe from contracting the disease wearing gowns, ordinary masks and flimsy gloves? Doesn't a contagious disease like Ebola require space-suit-like protective gear and chemical showers prior to their removal? 

It's also surprising that in situations like these, why hospitals aren't implementing the MOPP gear exchange process or the 'buddy system' as does the military in nuclear contaminated surroundings? Every two soldiers are entrusted with the task of removing each others' contaminated MOPP gear, and each person disinfecting/decontaminating their gloves after every step of the task. It's painstaking and time consuming - could take up to 30 or 40 minutes - but it helps to save lives and is certainly worth the trouble, or is it not? Medical experts work brilliantly through intricate issues yet display amazing lack of common sense and negligence concerning simpler matters.

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