It is astonishing how utterly irrational and hysterical the right wing media is when it comes to Ebola. Funny thing is, when Ebola was viewed as an AFRICAN disease, the Republicans didn’t want to do anything about it.
One wonders where Mr. Vitter wanted to spend the money. Perhaps on diapers and prostitutes, his favorite hobbies.
I guess no one had told the Republicans about “containment” back then…see, containing it would mean helping Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea handle their outbreak BEFORE it spread. But Republicans didn’t care because it was an African disease. Guess they didn’t realize airplanes make all things global.
Of course the Greedy Oil Party DID have a plan for Ebola…and it was WORSE than do nothing:
Now they are denying they wanted to cut CDC funding. And yet when we look at the ACTUAL NUMBERS as proposed by the Republican House vs. the Democratic President and the split/Democratic Senate, we see they are lying:
Then the Republicans claimed that the CDC messed up because they didn’t have Ebola guidelines in place. Which is absurd. The CDC has protocols for just about every know disease, including Ebola, and they updated those Ebola guidelines in August when the situation was starting to get worse in Africa. Want proof? Here are the protocols as updated in August and distributed to hospitals:
See…guidelines for healthcare workers ALREADY IN PLACE. From what I have heard reported, the hospital failed to follow them and THAT is why the disease has spread even the small amount it has.
Now the big thing Republicans are demanding is a travel ban. Yet even George W. Bush’s HHS secretary thinks this is a bad idea:
Yep…today’s hysterical Republicans are even more out of touch than those of George W. Bush’s administration.
Now…you want some REAL sanity on the issue, here’s Dr. Arthur Calpan, head of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine, discussing the issue:
[SALON.COM]: It’s been a high-profile couple of weeks for the U.S. health system, with what’s being portrayed as some pretty major screw-ups: the Dallas hospital letting the Ebola patient go, two health care workers getting sick, and the CDC admitting it would have done things differently. Before we get to some of the more out-there political accusations, what can we say really has gone wrong, and how serious were those missteps?
[Dr. Caplan] You know, it’s still hard to say what went wrong. That things went wrong, we’re pretty sure — but why, I still don’t think we know [what], exactly. For example, I don’t know if someone took a porous history of the gentleman who came in with Ebola, I don’t know if there was a failure in the handoff from the nurse to the doctor, I don’t know if the electronic medical record didn’t let them enter in the right information, or flag it in a way that was important. I don’t even know if the guy was sent home because he didn’t have insurance, which is a problem in the U.S. health system still — in places like Texas particularly. So there could be many reasons for that single error that we haven’t heard. And I think we need to hear about it. I get a little angry when I hear people saying “privacy” — I think privacy, in an epidemic, has to yield to getting a straight story. And I also worry that liability fears are preventing a straight story from coming out.
Most of these problems I think that we’re seeing are also occurring because we’re trying to act as if every hospital in the United States can be “Ebola-ready,” and I think that is a very unwarranted assumption. There are plenty of hospitals in the United States that can’t deal with an Ebola patient. They don’t have practice with isolation; some of them are hospitals that are set up to care for veterans and are in nursing-home mode; some of them are specialty children’s hospitals. What we need to do is focus on a few hundred hospitals that have a lot of experience and are quite capable of dealing with Ebola patients, or anyone else who’s got a highly infectious disease; make sure they’re trained, and following the same set of policies; make sure they’re practicing — putting on their equipment, taking it off — and stop pretending as if an Ebola patient can go anywhere in the United States and be managed.
Further on in the article:
[SALON.COM]: There’s a very, very small chance of there being an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. But seeing what’s happened with this, should we be concerned about the United States’ ability to handle another, perhaps containable epidemic or another public health scare?
[Dr. Caplan] Yes, we should. We have starved the public health system, both in terms of research and ability to respond. We need a rapid-response capability, both here and in overseas locations where outbreaks occur — there is no equivalent of the Special Forces to send, no boots on the ground kind of thing. There was no one to send to Guinea when Ebola first broke out: there was a lot of begging for help, but there wasn’t like a standing volunteer force that said, “Yep, okay, they need us, and we’ve practiced and we’ve been to other places, we can get there.” I think also we’re seeing a lack of coordination, because everyone’s talking about the CDC. The whole Texas thing is run by the Texas Health Department. The CDC is an advisory group. They don’t have any authority. Is that a good system? I don’t think so.
So let’s get this clear: even in Africa right now, more than 300 times as many people die of HIV or of respiratory infections than die of Ebola. Ebola even now is way down on the list. In the US we have thousands to tens of thousands of flu deaths per year. Right now ONE Ebola death. Are we going to have a travel ban on all countries that have flu? We might save more lives!
Ebola requires DIRECT contact of body fluids to be transmitted. Simple as that. The right wing hysteria is insane and their so-called “solutions” are illogical and useless. Obama has handled it as well as it can be handled. The only major mistake has been at that Texas hospital. That and the Republican hysteria itself.
Maybe the Republicans want to spend the next few months in sterile isolation while the rest of us actually get some things done. I think that might work out for everyone.