N.Y., N.J., Illinois impose new Ebola quarantine rules as Feds Refuse to Stop Flights

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?

 

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8 Comments

  1. This is a huge problem that is not being reported. I can tell you that everyone I talk to in the industry is dealing with this right now. From nurses and doctors panicking because we haven’t been trained to deal with this, to workers not showing up because of potential scares that turned out to be nothing, we are in for some serious, serious trouble.

    This is not why I entered healthcare! The whole system is broke and if people only knew how unprepared we really are they would freak the hell out. Hospitals are NOT PREPARED to deal with pandemics, major outbreaks, Ebola, or even every day infections. The article on here a couple weeks back about hospital acquired infections was dead on, and proof of how bad things really are. We are seriously below third world standards in so many areas. Most people working in the hospitals these days are GED grads with very little training in anything. Real doctors and nurses are being phased out.

    • Dr, you are exactly right in all your comments: hospitals are not prepared. The article I saw today regarding nurses at Bellevue calling in sick because they don’t want to take care of that dr says it all. Regarding “real drs and nurses”, let me tell you what a college professor told me about student nurses these days in his Anatomy classes. He said they expected to be led by the hand in the class. This is so different from when I went thru nursing school when it was like a boot camp. Re: criminal liability to that dr. I agree. He knew better. A closing thought: the dr who tested positive picked up the infection even though HE WAS IN PROTECTIVE GEAR. And scientists and drs make comments re: ebola is hard to pick up. The facts speak for themselves. Forgot one thing: that nurse who is blasting being put in quarantine. She volunteered to go over there, knew the risks, was allowed to come back into the country, the country tightens quarantine measures to protect, and she complains about how hard isolation is. Give us a break lady!

  2. Being vigilant is critical. Panicking is not. This travel embargo would achieve little (other than being able to look tough) [1]. A better regimen of preventative measures would be the combination of better screening/triage at hospitals (especially in cities with international airports) that enables even the destitute to be seen so they don’t become typhoid-marys; a better method of quarantine for suspected cases (so people are willing to self-report, without fearing for their livelihood or families); and better implementation of infectious disease protocol, including making it dead-simple to comply (checklists [2] and lots of routine practice). Closing the borders would only serve to isolate the US from the world community, which would include being isolated from additional help if an outbreak did occur.


    [1] : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/10/17/stop-the-ebola-panic/
    [2] : http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/10/the-checklist

    • So sick of idiot liberals saying crap like the international community. If you love them so much and care so little about the people in your own country then leave already because YOU are the problem.

      • In a case like ebola or any other disease of it’s ilk, the US needs to close its borders.It is a matter of survival. Read about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and see what happens when a nation doesn’t

        Closing a nation’s borders is a matter of survival when dealing with diseases, such as ebola or any disease like it. Read about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 as to what happens when a nation doesn’t close its borders. .

        • Bear in mind, Spanish Flu was communicable through the air. Ebola is only communicable through direct contact with bodily fluids.

          This is not US versus the world, and painting it as such alienates the expertise and help we need to contain the contageon (such as medical professionals with actual boots-on-the-ground experience detecting and treating cases at initial onset, as would be gained treating patients in or near a hot zone).

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