The bitter-sweet arrival of the first American Ebola virus patient in Atlanta has come with much angst over the virus being on U.S. soil. Folks are happy to see Dr. Kent Brantley come back home because he is an American who is sick and if this was you or someone you loved, you would want the same consideration, along with access to the best care.
With that said, Canada Journal reports on August 4, people are on edge with Ebola now on U.S. soil. The public believes that there is still reason to be concerned, even with the extreme measures put in place to keep the virus contained. The safety precautions put in place are unprecedented, starting with only one of the two American Ebola victims being transported at a time.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to reassure the public that Ebola is not the easiest disease to contract because it is not an airborne disease. That reassurance has folks wondering how these two American health workers contracted the virus if that is the case. They would have used every precaution known to mankind while treating the victims, yet these two people are flying home with the deadly disease threatening their lives.
The Ebola virus has killed more the 700 in West Africa and Dr. Kent Brantley is the first person to bring the virus to American soil. Brantley will be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in a unit created to house doctors who got sick while working at the CDC, according to News Fix Now today.
Nancy Writebol, who is the second American to catch the Ebola virus, will follow in a few days and she too will be treated in Atlanta. Again, the CDC reassures bringing both Brantley and Writebol to the U.S. is the best course of action for their treatment. This gives these two American health workers the best shot of making a full recovery.
The spread of Ebola is a threat, no matter how many safeguards are in place. Humans make mistakes, if they didn’t the specialized unit created by the CDC that will house these patients would have never been created in the first place.
"Fox and Friends" live on Monday August 4, discussed the concerns of the spread of Ebola only being one mistake away. Donald Trump weighed in and reminded folks how the CDC made a mistake at the beginning of the summer exposing their staff to a deadly flu virus.
Hospitals make mistakes and fears for public safety are echoed in the media. The CDC had a problem in their own labs a little over a month ago where they “botched the handling of a deadly flu virus,” according to Scientific American in June.
People make mistakes and just one small mistake causing someone to be exposed to the Ebola could set off a chain reaction, spreading the disease. Some believe that these health workers, while wonderful human beings for going to places like West Africa to save lives, should be made aware that if they become a victim of a deadly disease, they will need to be treated where they are.
Of course if this was your son, daughter, sister or brother, your feelings would be totally different. You would want them home to receive the best care. What do you think, should the two Americans with Ebola have been transported home or should they have been treated in West Africa?
A team of doctors from the U.S. could have gone to West Africa with all the technology used in Atlanta and treated the U.S. patients there. Would that have made more sense than bringing the victims to the states where there’s a threat of spreading this virus, no matter how small?