Are we stepping up the pace fast enough?....
Start with this: liberal immigration policies, by encouraging Liberian doctors to emigrate to America, created a doctor shortage in West Africa. This hampered local efforts to contain the disease.
The World Health Organization predicts 10,000 Ebola cases per day within two months, if the disease's spread is not stopped. The WHO predicts that the fatality rate, to date 50 percent as to the 4,000 who have died, will rise to 70 percent.
At TAS Jeffrey Lord notes that leftists face public policy blowback on Ebola, due to their 1980s hyper-politicization of AIDS, aimed then at President Reagan.
"For those who came in late, this was, of course, so much foaming anti-Reagan leftism. In fact, AIDS was a mystery when it first appeared on the scene in the early eighties. It wasn’t until 1983 that Newsweek first put the subject on a cover, saying “Something unusual and frightening was happening,” and noting there were some 1,300 cases identified in the U.S., with the cause undetermined. Contrary to Kramer’s assertion, as Reagan biographer Stephen F. Hayward noted: “Initially gay rights groups and the gay media denied reports of new sexually transmitted disease ('Disease Rumors Largely Unfounded,' read a New York Native headline in 1981) and resisted calls to close the bathhouses in San Francisco that were obvious AIDS hotbeds.”
As Brent Bozell and Tim Graham noted in a 2014 column about the HBO version of The Normal Heart:
'The real Reagan record on AIDS is different than the seemingly never-ending mud-slinging. His HHS Secretary called it a “top priority” in 1983, when the disease was so new that few people even understood what was happening. AIDS funding skyrocketed in the 1980s, almost doubling each year beginning in 1983 -- when the media started blaring headlines -- from $44 million to $103 million, $205 million, $508 million, $922 million, and then $1.6 billion in 1988."
Lord adds that unlike lefty activists 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale never even mentioned AIDS during the campaign. Also, Lord lists a passel of frivolous health spending programs that could have been junked in favor of more spending on Ebola research.
Betsy McCaughey, slayer of HillaryCare, alerts us to the laxity of hospital practices re Ebola:
There is no room for error, explains Anja Wolz, a Doctors Without Borders nurse. To put on and take off protective gear “we use a buddy system – we’re responsible for ourselves but must also put our lives in the hands of colleagues: one mistake can lead to infection.”
That is what happened to a Spanish nurse’s aide, Maria Teresa Romero Ramos. She wore a protective “space suit” on the two occasions she came close to an Ebola patient in a Madrid hospital, but she inadvertently touched her cheek with her gloved hand while removing the suit. Now she has Ebola and is clinging to life....
U.S. hospitals are ridden with mistakes. Common infections like C. diff and Staph rage through hospitals because doctors and nurses sometimes forget even the basic protocol, washing hands. I’ve been an advocate for patient safety for over a decade, and I know that hospitals unable to stop these infections can’t stop Ebola. To claim they can is a lie.
Neither are hospitals equipped & staffed sufficiently. Some 85 percent of nurses lack Ebola training; and it takes 20 caregivers per Ebola patient. Mistakes can happen due to caregiver fatigue, too. Dallas nurse told the LA Times that the Ebola patient, now deceased, was exposed to other patients & nurses who lacked proper hazmat protection. The CDC director admitted yesterday that his agency did not take emergency action fast enough re Dallas.
Then there are arrogant, dumb reporters like NBC's chief health correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who violated a voluntary quarantine upon returning from Liberia, where her cameraman contracted Ebola. She now is confined to quarters.
HERE, AGAIN IS A WAPO EBOLA PROTECTIVE GEAR GUIDE.
And here is a WSJ Ebola video (2:03) on how Ebola attacks the body.
Bottom Line. Ebola will impose immense costs on the health care system. The remaining question is whether a pandemic can be headed off. Optimists should not bet the family farm on this.
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