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We have all seen the continuing news stories of how careful our federal government is as to all things Ebola. And as far as I know, we all approve. The more caution, the better.
Unfortunately, there is a glaring and unstoppable gateway that assures a US pandemic. And it is going to happen sooner than anyone thinks.
The unsolvable problem? Quite simply, Mexico does not have the same resources as the United States does for Ebola patient detection / discovery. When the inevitable media announcement of the first Ebola case in Mexico occurs, I consider it a virtual certainty there will already be an as yet undiscovered additional 100+ infected people in the general populace.
The US-Mexico border problem is well-known and does not need to be elaborated upon here. However, even though the effort is doomed to failure, we should try anyway. The sooner the National Guard and regular military are stationed across the entire southern border, the better. And when the time comes, the official US border crossing checkpoints will indeed need to be shutdown. There is no help for it, it is just the way things will have to temporarily be.
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It would probably be a good idea if President Obama were to call President Nieto and offer our assistance. Just a thought. In fact, maybe President Obama already has. I hope so
Airport screenings are now being initiated sometime within the week (mid-October, 2014). The five airports so far are:
- New York's JFK International Airport
- Atlanta International Airport
Update (10/13/2014). Federal officials acknowledging most US hospitals can't safely handle Ebola patients. Are you serious!?! This laymen figured out that obvious fact months ago!
Update (10/15/2014). Well, what with that second US Ebola patient wandering amongst the general population for a few days, the whole southern border and airport thing may have just become moot.
President Obama cancels his campaign trip to deal with the Ebola situation.
I wonder how long before Ebola concerns start driving the stock market...?
Update (10/16/2014). It is now a wait and see situation in Ohio and Texas, that was where the Ebola patient wandered around in the general populace for the weekend. And then, of course, there are where all her fellow passengers on that recirculated-air Frontier Airline flight eventually arrived at the end of their travels... (Addendum: CDC states Ebola isn't airborne transmitted. However, that statement probably doesn't include the fluid particles transmitted via coughing and sneezing.)
If Ebola cases don't start popping up here, there, and everywhere within the next couple of weeks; then there is hope. If Ebola cases do start showing up, then it is time to prepare for the worst. The virus will be loose and the inevitable will follow.
Update (10/18/2014) China and EbolaNo one seems to have addressed the issue of Ebola in China. Anyone who follows the financial news knows there is continuous and heavy international traffic between China and Africa. This has to do with China's keen interest in locking up all the mineral rights they can get their hands on. There have even been article rants about how the United States doesn't even attempt to compete in this economic battle for world mineral resources. This has been going on for years.
And yet, there is not one single peep about Ebola cases in China; leastwise so far. China is not exactly known for having a free press. I submit that China probably has several Ebola cases going on as we speak. China is also well know for their general disregard for individual life; they are also well know for their pragmatism. What happens when each Ebola case is discovered? The possibility actually exists that each patient is immediately terminated and incinerated; then again, maybe times really have evolved over there and the patients are just thrown into quarantine camps (palliative medication provided), and then incinerated upon eventual death.
The point is all visitors to the US from China should be screened for Ebola symptoms as is already being done for all visitors from Africa. Just a speculative, but I think logical, thought.
Update (10/20/2014) Ebola and a Muzzled Media and PressGovernments are asking the media/press to tone down their coverage of all negative things concerning Ebola. Today's news for example was pretty much all peaches and cream.
What this means is that individual Ebola cases probably won't be publicized anymore. The information might still be available at the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, but it will likely take some effort to ferret it out from all the other Ebola information they will bury you with.
An Ebola outbreak, on the other hand, would be impossible to cover up. It might take a little while, but sooner or later that news would indeed hit the fan.
Update (10/21/2014) Yep, looks like the news media has pretty much shut up concerning Ebola patients and outbreaks. If I happen to notice anything in the various government databases or foreign news outlets, I'll mention it here.