A Public Service Post

We've been following the Ebola story pretty closely these past few months then a headline today made my hair stand on end. Thus this new post.

Look, I know I don't have to start from scratch and tell you how bad this is with a bunch of links. If you're a regular visitor to Turdville, you already know and you've already begun to take precautions. The latest update on the potential spread of the Ebola  virus can be found here, from ZH 10 days ago: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-19/exponential-ebola-cases-now-double-every-3-weeks-cdc-warns-over-half-million-may-be-

At about the same time, a story surfaced that the U.S. State Department had put in an order for 160,000 HazMat suits. Here's  the story from InfoWars: http://www.infowars.com/u-s-state-department-orders-160000-ebola-hazmat-suits/ And here's a story from The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2756832/State-Department-orders-5-000-BODY-BAGS-160-000-hazmat-suits-African-Ebola-outbreak-Obama-sends-100-CDC-experts.html

An important caveat to this story should be read next. This "order" might be just a "bid" and the State Department could be purchasing them strictly for their USAID arm: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/sep/19/blog-posting/infowars-us-ordering-16000-hazmat-suits-sign-ebola/  &  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lakeland-industries-announces-global-availability-of-hazmat-suits-for-ebola-2014-09-12/print

The latest, US-based Ebola scare is still unfolding in Dallas and needs monitoring: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/09/30/a-dallas-hospital-is-evaluating-a-patient-for-possible-ebola/

And there is some potential "good news" from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC): http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/30/ebola-over-in-nigeria/16473339/

HOWEVER, when I saw the headline below earlier today, ole Turd's head started spinning:

http://www.cbs46.com/story/26657838/cdc-issues-ebola-guidelines-for-us-funeral-homes

From the article:

"CBS46 News has confirmed the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines to U.S. funeral homes on how to handle the remains of Ebola patients. If the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus is in West Africa, why are funeral homes in America being given guidelines?

The three-page list of recommendations include instructing funeral workers to wear protective equipment when dealing with the remains since Ebola can be transmitted in postmortem care. It also instructs to avoid autopsies and embalming."

Look, I have absolutely no idea if Ebola will spread globally. It probably won't and all will be well. But when the US State Department is considering 160,000 new HazMat suits and 5,000 bodybags....and when the US CDC is warning about 500,000 casualties and issuing guidelines to funeral homes...you might want to start taking this stuff seriously.

This does not mean that The End Is Near and it does not mean that you immediately need to hole up in a bunker somewhere. But if you're not thinking about the possibility that you may need to stay inside and home for 30-60 days at some point soon, you are simply being irresponsible. Now is the time to pay attention and remain alert. Now is the time to give full consideration to whatever action plan you and your family may need in the event of an emergency. Now is the time to stock up and/or resupply whatever emergency items you regularly keep on hand anyway.

Be mindful. Be cautious but not frightened. Always remain situationally aware and continue to prepare accordingly.

TF

244 Comments

tyberious's picture

International Spreading Risk

http://currents.plos.org/outbreaks/article/assessing-the-international-spreading-risk-associated-with-the-2014-west-african-ebola-outbreak/

CONCLUSIONS

We show by a modeling effort informed by data available on the 2014WA EVD outbreak that the risk of international spread of the Ebola virus is still moderate for most of the countries. The current analysis however shows that if the outbreak is not contained, the probability of international spread is going to increase consistently, especially if other countries are affected and are not able to contain the epidemic. It is important to stress that the presented modeling analysis has been motivated by the need for a rapid assessment of the EVD outbreak trends and contains assumptions and approximations unavoidable with the current lack of data from the region. The results may change as more information becomes available from the EVD affected region and more refined sensitivity analysis can be implemented computationally. Furthermore, the modeling approach does not include scenarios for the identification and isolation of cases, the quarantine of contacts, and the proper precautions in hospital and funeral preparation that would be relevant in discussing optimal containment strategies. Such a modeling effort however calls for better and more detailed data not available at the moment.

Boswell's picture

Not "airborne"???

Just show 'em this picture... (search for "sneeze spray" for plenty more)

Airborne Ebola

Or this: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/sneeze-travel-100-mph.htm

"As for whether a sneeze can go the distance, neither MythBuster could break the 20-foot mark. Instead, Adam's and Jamie's flying phlegm landed 17 and 13 feet away, respectively."

BagOfGold's picture

It's coming from all directions...

Hmmm...I wonder who did the hacking?...Nah...it couldn't be any of the "usual suspects"...with the "usual agenda"...could it?...

Increased security: James Dimon, chairman and chief executive of J.P. Morgan, wrote in his annual shareholder letter this year that the bank will spend more than $250 million annually on cybersecurity 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2778711/76-million-households-seven-million-small-businesses-hit-JP-Morgan-Chase-hacking-attack.html

surprisesurprisesurprise

Bag Of Gold

Safety Dan's picture

I believe it was back in July

I believe it was back in July that I mentioned in a post that a firm had tested Nanosilver in Africa on children in a medical ward. Those who used Nanosilver, ten in all, survived. I don't remember if I mentioned it was used as an IV or in vivo setting. 

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