Before the latest victims of the ebola virus in the US were made known, SERMO, the leading social network of fully verified, licensed physicians in the U.S., announced the results of recent polling of the SERMO physician community about the Ebola epidemic and its implications for the United States. They have the same concerns as the rest of the population.
Over 3000 doctors joined the conversation, and 1,300 of our SERMO physicians participated in our poll and provided some eyebrow-raising opinions:
- When asked if they feel the Department of Homeland Security is adequately screening inbound passengers from Ebola-affected areas, 91% said "No."
- When asked if they believe the US Department of State is adequately sharing information regarding the Visa granting process and the specific location of where travelers are arriving from in West Africa, 90% answered "No."
- When asked if they believe the experience of Dallas will significantly alter our medical preparedness writ large in America, 56% responded "No."
- When asked if they believe all travel from West Africa should be halted to the US, 75% of the respondents chose "Yes."
Dr. David Samadi, chairman of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, is urging that outbound flights from West African countries dealing with the Ebola epidemic stay grounded until the rest of the world can prepare to deal with the deadly virus. "Until we get our emergency rooms ready, until we get our acts ready, until we can understand how this virus spreads, I would tell you Mr. President to put up those walls and control the flights out of those countries," said Dr. Samadi, during a segment of "Sunday Housecall," a weekly medical show on Fox News, where he is a medical contributor. "I am not trying to put panic into people, but my job as a physician is to educate, contain and treat," said Dr. Samadi. "We have to protect Americans and we need to minimize our risk of exposure until the resources we need to contain and treat this virus are available. Given the fact that there is currently no antiviral meds or vaccines available and we are dealing with a virus that can kill 70 to 90 percent of patients, we need to ban the flights out of West Africa."