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EBOLA: Obama downplays danger from a highly infectious disease UPDATED

August 3, 2014

Would Barack Hussein Obama ever lie to the America public?

Why, of course not.

That’s why wise and prudent Americans will keep an eye on the spread of Ebola in the U.S. and take announcements pooh-poohing the risk from Obama regime political appointees with a generous dose of salt.

Here’s what Thomas Frieden, director of US Centers for Disease Control had to say about this bug: “Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population,” and that its spread across the U.S. “is not in the cards”.

We certainly hope he’s right, but smart folks would be reluctant to bet their lives on it.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s PATHOGEN SAFETY DATA SHEET for Ebola, this is a very nasty bug.

We’ve repeatedly heard Obama’s health experts say that Ebola can’t exist outside its host organism and that outside of contact with bodily fluids, Ebola is difficult to transmit.

Yes, it can’t live forever at room temperatures, but it can last long enough to infect others.  And the colder the environment, the longer Ebola will remain viable.

According to the Canadians:

SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.

As a layperson (I’m not an epidemiologist, but I did stay at a Parkway Inn last night), this means that should an infected individual bleed or leave other infectious bodily fluid residue on a door handle, shopping cart handle, or a hand-rail, a subsequent person touching those same items within a period of days could well become infected.  Oh yes, “lyophilisation” is “freeze-drying”.

And then there’s the risk on an infected person’s sneezes or coughs transmitting the virus through aerosolized droplets – basically the virus rides on tiny droplets of mucus or moisture expelled upon coughing or sneezing.  Those droplets can be inhaled by a non-infected person – or land upon surfaces later touched by the non-infected.  (Or sneezing or coughing into their hand and then touching surfaces which could then later infect others.)  There is very much a risk through aerosol transmission according to the Canadians:

INFECTIOUS DOSE: 1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans (21).

It’s important to keep in mind that as of this time, Ebola is not a threat to Americans, outside those medical facilities treating the infected. 

Frankly, I wouldn’t be caught dead near Emory University Hospital at the moment, and trust qualified and competent people are handling disinfection procedures with great care.

If (or when) it starts popping up in cities in the coming weeks and months, it will then be time to began making more substantial preparations for it to hit closer to home.

What can you do at that time?

Make a plan, do some research and begin preparations.

Your plan should involve communication with family members and agreement on a course of action, learning more about how to protect you and your loved ones from infection, and preparations to include securing personal protective equipment like protective medical gloves, hand sanitizer and possibly N-95 masks.

If the spread of Ebola begins to get really bad, there may be some forced quarantines of areas with infections.  They are considering them in the country of Liberia.

If that eventuality becomes possible in your region or city, securing food and water for a period of four weeks would be the proactive thing to do.

You can take other actions now, to begin to lay the groundwork for future action should Ebola begin to spread inside America.

Here’s an example of those early preparatory planning actions in the form of an email:

I’ve been watching this Ebola thing.

I’m not worried at the moment.

I think there are lots of talented people doing their level best
to squash this thing, but I am starting to ponder “what if”
scenarios.  You know, “Hope for the best, plan for the worst” sort
of thing.

Yes, the USA’s medical hygiene standards are decades ahead of the
third-world stuff in Africa.  But soon, somebody is going to get
on a plane to the USA while they are in their incubation period.  
A few days after they arrive in North America they are going to
show full-blown symptoms and get diagnosed.

When that headline hits, the sheep will sit up and take notice.

At this point I think it’s arrival here is pretty much inevitable.
We narrowly missed it already as a guy was set to fly to
Minneapolis.  He’d already taken two short hops by air, relatively
speaking, and fortunately his symptoms overcame him literally at
the airport where he was to fly to America.

It’s not going to spread like wildfire all at once.  After all, it
has taken months for this thing to grow in Africa, the problem is
that these things can and sometimes do grow exponentially when
they reach critical mass, so to speak.  We have better medical
facilities and containment practices, but we also live in a much
more mobile society than those third-world villagers eking out an
existence in sub-Saharan Africa.

I also want to get any of your thoughts on things – both in terms
of what you might need or want to have as well as for us to ponder
plans in case things don’t go so well.

We have some personal protective gear like N95 masks & hand
sanitizer that will probably become scarce quickly once the
masses internalize that Ebola is in America and uncomfortably
close to their hometown.

[Insert your own thoughts on plans and supplies applicable to your
family.]

Also, when it makes it to America, you might gently urge your
family to make some similar preparations, just in case.

 

UPDATE:

Commenter Scott sends us off to IFL Science.com for the latest and greatest.

Here’s what they wrote:

How does it spread?

The virus can spread through contact of bodily fluids, which is a bit problematic given the amount of sweat, vomit, and diarrhea involved with caring for a patient. The virus can also be spread through semen up to seven weeks after the onset of disease, even once symptoms have abated. Ebola is also somewhat unique in that it is still virulent even after its host has died. This means that those who prepare the body for funereal customs must take extreme precautions.

…Even if it did manage to get across the Atlantic, it requires very unsanitary conditions to spread. It’s very unlikely that ebola will ever spread in a developed country.

Let’s see:  Who would I more thoroughly trust?  The Canadian Public Health Agency (all jokes about Canada aside), or IFLScience.com?

The choice is yours.

 

10 Responses to EBOLA: Obama downplays danger from a highly infectious disease UPDATED

  1. duh duh on August 4, 2014 at 4:36 am

    In a democracy it’s for the common good. Trust me.

  2. duh duh on August 4, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I hope this is not the same union people like in the Va handling these “people”, since those persons have immunity from prosecution for what happened to the veterans.

  3. John on August 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Ok you talk about people coming into this country legaly with this. How many are coming across are southern border, and how hard would it be to get several people to catch this and sneak into this country. I mean if they will blow thier selves up, why not start the biggest mess in the world. It would take out the stock market and the banking system. how long could Obama care take care befor it would be before martial law and the full lose of our rights.

  4. Scott on August 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
  5. Sam Whittemore on August 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I’m not worried, either. Yet.

    Those who say it’s no likely to spread in America are, in my opinion, trying to limit public anxiety over the issue.

    Their statements that we have nothing to worry about are, again, in my opinion, bullshit.

    If it wasn’t so easily spread, the CDC, USAMRIID wouldn’t keep this beast locked up in Level 4 containment.

    There are plenty of places in America where this thing would spread like wildfire. Illegal aliens and their third-world sanitation, inner cities and anywhere there is a big group of people in a confined place are ideal breeding grounds for ebola infections to be spread.

    Frankly, I don’t trust jug-ears any further than I can throw his silly ass.

    Sam

  6. Bill1 on August 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Locally one of our school systems hired a worker from Texas. she un-knowingly was exposed to TB. When she started working in our schools it was discovered she had TB, she put over 80 of our children at risk. Those children are now screened for TB. A family member is one of those children. The spread of these types of disease is damn serious.
    2 doctors working with Ebola patients died with 5 days of being exposed. 1 doctor touched a patients exposed hand and the other got a single drop from a cough.
    Chatter says an Ebola infested personal in a KC Missouri hospital currently.
    Learn NBC protocols

  7. 84full on August 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    ABC also reporting one in isolation being tested for Ebola at mount Sinai hospital… so far asit can it seems some are taking the potential for transmission serious. Not a real WORRY yet but something to keep learning about and keep up to date on incase situation changes

    • Fred on October 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Yeah, almost impossible to catch it …. but they have to have all sorts of biohazard suits and isolation…….
      Umhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  8. Clark on October 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    BORDERS & FENCES mean NOTHING, yet one untreated Veteran jumps the OBAMA’s fence and all hell breaks out. MILLIONS of threats to your family swarm into the country carrying every disease, vice, and evil on Earth, but the only border/fence that is important is the one protecting HIM.