Ebola: The Halcyon Days Of The Panic-demic In A “Peak” Health Care-less System (October 13, 2014)
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1 “Who can you trust? Events are moving so quickly. Fraud and deception work effectively in finance and politics, but Mother Nature is indifferent to and immune from the shenanigans and machinations of mortals.”
2 “The government and the public are still mired at Stage 1. The government is denying the threat because it has no plan. The public is denying the threat because it has no idea.”
1 “I am collecting the quotations of the major players to document the response in real time. Dr. Frieden with the CDCE and Dr. Fauci with NIAID/NIH are not prepared and have not been candid. A test patient, Dr. Nancy Snyderman with NBC, agrees to a voluntary quarantine and then brazenly violates the quarantine, refuses to accept responsibility and escapes accountability.”
2 “We as a society need to move through the stages from denial to anger to bargaining to depression to acceptance of a plan more quickly than the virus is moving.”
1 “The health care-less system will peak after it fills the nineteen available beds.”
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2 “Easy to say that everything reasonable must be done to contain and eliminate the menace in West Africa.”
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2 “Viewers of Fox tv are yelling at the tube for the government to do something. The Republicans who advertise on the network cut funding to the CDCE and other programs.”
1 “If the Democrats had provided an additional five billion dollars in funding to the CDCE, what would have happened?”
2 “The CDCE would have lobbied for another five billion dollars.”
1 “Or ten. And yet the Democrats cut funding, as if any amount of funding matters. Some researcher who sent repeated e-mails to those in power warning of the dangers of Ebola is not happy.”
2 “I can forward some of the e-mails.”
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2 “A communicable disease is communicated by public transportation. Even if the disease is not transmitted at this time via air, the public is transmitted via air. Ebola is small enough to fit in a ‘carry on’ bag. Ebola will hitchhike and stow away. Air travel must be purposefully restricted. Restrictions are costly, but the costs of limiting air travel must be weighed against the costs of not limiting air travel.”
1 “All costs should be calculated. We need to address the resulting deprivations of privacy and limitations on constitutional rights before the public is too terrified to think.”
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2 “One of the bench marks will be bleach sales.”
1 “Or overflow patients camping in tents in parking lots.”
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1 “The female RNs are underpaid to do the work while the male MBAs who make the decisions take almost all the profits. The RNs are underpaid to care for the sick and the dying and are not paid anything to get sick and to die in the process. When a nurse is called in to care for someone sick with Ebola at an institution unprepared for the challenge, she or he should in good conscience call in sick.”
2 “She or he will get there and then be blamed for the negligence of the hospital.”
1 “The American military personnel being deployed to Africa are not being provided combat pay. The ‘charge of the blight brigade’ should occasion charges against those giving the orders.”
2 “No one gets it.”
1 “Everyone will get it unless all of us get it.”
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[See http://prosperouswaydown.com/category/subtopics/healthcare-subsystems/ebola-healthcare-subsystems/ Five stages of grief and five stages of collapse in a dire scenario. http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/10/ebola-and-five-stages-of-collapse.html#more. Consider Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.]
Bumper stickers of the week:
Get a flu shot
Wash your hands
Take your kids to the park
Prepare to hunker down
Be calm and panic (but do so with poise and dignity)