Days after the incompetent Obama administration allowed another Ebola infected doctor into the United States – yet again putting the public at risk by allowing the doctor to roam around New York City, while showing active symptoms of the disease – New York, New Jersey, and Illinois have all enacted strict quarantine rules for returning doctors.
Earlier this week, Dr. Craig Spencer came down with Ebola. The doctor, who had just returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, created a major health scare after he traveled around New York while having an active case of Ebola. The doctor, who in my opinion should be held criminally liable for his actions, carelessly used the New York Subway system, used public transportation, stopped at restaurants and coffee houses, and even went out for a night of drinking and bowling at a trendy New York bar.
After New York health officials isolated the doctor at Bellevue Hospital, governors from New York, New Jersey, and Illinois all imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from the countries hit hardest by the epidemic – something the Obama administration has refused to do.
No Quarantine for West Africans entering the United States
Although healthcare workers, flying into one of these three states, will now be forced to isolate themselves for 21 days, the Obama administration is still allowing over 150 people a day to enter the United States from countries with active Ebola infections.
Continuing to insist stopping air travel will somehow make the Ebola outbreak worse – an excuse that even a child would have a hard time believing – the Obama administration refuses to take further steps to protect the American public.
“We do want to ensure that whatever policies we put in place takes as the first priority the protection of the American public,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. “But at the same time, we don’t want to overly burden those individuals who are going to great lengths to try to serve their fellow man and stop this outbreak at the source, which ultimately is in the best interests of the American people.”
Healthcare system overwhelmed because of Government’s incompetence.
Throughout the country healthcare workers and hospitals are becoming overwhelmed as they attempt to monitor hundreds, possibly thousands, of people who traveled from the hot zone. While a majority of these people have not tested positive for Ebola, the federal government’s refusal to stop air travel from these countries has forced the healthcare system to monitor anyone showing up with Ebola-like symptoms. As we move into Flu season this has many healthcare workers extremely concerned.
While receiving very little coverage from the mainstream media, health departments across the United States are monitoring hundreds of people for Ebola. In Philadelphia alone, the health department is monitoring over 30 people who have recently been allowed into the country, after traveling from the affected areas in West Africa.
At a roundtable discussion with emergency and health care leaders, Helmut Albrecht, chief of the infectious-disease division at the University of South Carolina, warned that panic alone could overwhelm our healthcare system.
“Several patients that say ‘I may have Ebola’ in an emergency room will shut down (regional hospitals Palmetto Health, MUSC and Greenville Health System) very quickly, and we need some kind of strategy to deal with that,” Albrecht said. “The amount of hysteria is getting progressively higher – on the Internet, in the hallways, around the water coolers, in the press. That’s going to be a major focus of what we’re going to be dealing with, long before the first (Ebola) patient arrives.”
What’s going to happen once thousands of people throughout the country start showing up at local hospitals with the flu? Since many flu symptoms mimic the early symptoms of Ebola, how many hospitals will become overwhelmed by people who in all likelihood don’t have Ebola? If a Single Ebola Patient can completely overwhelm the hospital system in Dallas, what does that say about our nation’s readiness to fight any sort of disease outbreak?