As a former professional registered nurse with over 25 years experience, I have been monitoring the Ebola outbreak in the United States daily and have written several articles here at Sons of Libery Media touching on it. Frankly, I have been appalled at the response of the medical community, including the CDC, regarding this deadly, contagious disease. Nothing brought more outrage than to find out a nurse, who had cared for Patient Zero Duncan, flew to Ohio to attend to wedding details then flew back with a low grade fever and was diagnosed with Ebola the very next day.
Patient Zero Duncan’s family was placed in court ordered quarantine because of their “violation” to follow instructions to quarantine.
While the CDC has been touting the 21 day incubation period of Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just reported that Ebola may have a 42 day incubation period, indicating that government health organizations and health ministries of many countries are practicing “quack medicine” when declaring an individual clear of Ebola after testing.
What has seemed to be left out in these reports about Amber Vinson is a few details of information. Why was this nurse not in an initial 21 day quarantine after caring for Duncan, as per the CDC’s guidelines? Why did she even board the first plane to Cleveland, Ohio in the first place? And, if she was in quarantine, did she not violate that quarantine and put numerous individuals at risk?
Why has not the CDC come out with a 42 day quarantine based on the report by WHO?
None of this has been covered in the news regarding Vinson. This “professional” had a responsibility to the community, her family, the profession, and others to make sure she did not have this deadly disease before leaving Dallas. In other words, she should have stayed at home for at least 21 days to determine whether any symptoms of Ebola developed. Apparently, this was not done as she developed a fever before departing Cleveland. Despite the fact that she called the CDC and was given the “green light” to travel, where is the personal responsibility this nurse carries according to the Florence Nightingale pledge?
Vinson knew she had been exposed to Ebola through Patient Zero Duncan. She knew the protocols and procedures for Ebola virus isolation at Texas Presbyterian Hospital was near zero. As a nurse, she knew about the initial CDC reported incubation period of Ebola, possible methods of transmission, symptoms of Ebola and treatment measures to include quarantine after exposure. Yet, this “educated” professional did not self-quarantine for 21 days (much less 42), left Dallas to attend to her wedding details, and before return had to call the CDC to determine if she could fly with a low-grade fever. Really?
While people would like to have sympathy for Vinson in getting the disease after caring compassionately for Duncan, it does not negate the personal responsibility Vinson had toward the public in keeping others safe by following a quarantine period to prevent spread of this disease. Clearly, she did not do this and is responsible for a breach that exposes additional individuals. Vinson knew better, but the arrogance and over-confidence exhibited by some members of the health care industry are affecting their good judgment. Why is this personal responsibility being ignored by the lame stream enemedia?
NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Schneiderman violated a self-imposed 21 day quarantine to visit a local eatery to get her favorite bowl of soup. Schneiderman had contact with an NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola while in Africa and is now receiving care in a bio-level 4 containment unit in Nebraska. Schneiderman waited in the car while her husband went inside the establishment to pick up the soup.
What is it with the arrogance and lack of personal responsibility among health care professionals regarding Ebola?
If the initial 21 day quarantine had been implemented and followed, once the 42 day incubation period was announced by WHO, these individuals would still be in quarantine for another 21 days and further exposure limited.
The medical community and the CDC want the public to have trust in their ability to “contain and treat” this deadly, contagious disease. With the personal responsibility exhibited by Vinson and Schneiderman, along with the numerous CDC and hospital facility mis-steps, the American public should check their trust and confidence in the medical community.
It has come to light that nurses have stated there was little to no protocol in caring for Patient Zero Duncan and nursing supervisors who spoke out were chastised. Thank you to those nurses who take their responsibility to the community seriously and spoke out. The local hospital near where I reside even declared their capability to “isolate and care” for an Ebola stricken individual. Unfortunately for our community, the local infection control nurse followed the standard CDC federal diatribe instead of stating facts – so did the staff infectious disease physician specialist. Fox News reported that hospitals across the country have not had any national standardized training on protocol and procedure for handling Ebola. And, it has been reported that only 4 facilities in the United States have bio-level 4 containment capability – which Ebola is a bio-level 4 containment virus. Clean-up procedures have been sloppily handled and notifications to those who were possibly exposed very slow to materialize.
Where does that leave the general public? One can bet it isn’t in a good position.
While Vinson has been transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the first nurse to contract Ebola after caring for Duncan remains at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. Why? It seems there is no standard protocol in place as has been put forth by CDC’s Dr. Tom Frieden. Who picks and chooses which patients will get to a facility capable of handling the Ebola virus and which patients will be left at the mercy of facilities who can’t? There should be a standard in place regardless. It is a matter of national public health. Why was Duncan not sent to one of the four containment facilities?
There are too many unanswered questions; and, those questions are dodged and fielded better than any professional sports player ever could.
It is baffling the mind that the profession that I was “called” to serve is now trying to pull a fast one on the public. Instead of having public health and safety first, the profession seems to have sold out to the rhetoric of the federal government, the CDC and any other government tool that voices any type of information regarding Ebola that flies in the face of common sense. Medical professionals have a personal responsibility based on their education and training to exercise good, prudent judgment when providing medical services and information regarding health compromising illnesses and diseases to the general public. Anything less is negligent, incompetent and worthy of being held in violation of the state’s practice acts governing physicians and nurses.
What is currently happening in the United States with the handling of the Ebola virus is worse than incompetence and negligence. It smells of a contrived event. In order to quell “hysteria and panic,” useful information that could help the public has been silenced. Common sense measures to protect the health of every American has been thrown in the trash in favor of political correctness, some inane foreign policy and excuses regarding the economy of Africa and the United States. Every American should be outraged and demanding truth and action from the medical community along with the government.
Viruses do not distinguish between liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, Christian and non-Christian, male and female, black and white, rich and poor, or homosexual or heterosexual. This is a deadly contagious opportunistic disease that will infect and possibly kill those who contract it. Before long, Americans may be experiencing the movie, “Outbreak,” instead of watching it.
It is time for Americans to flood the CDC with letters, phone calls, faxes and emails. It is time for Americans to flood Congress with the same demanding accountability and common sense measures to prevent further individuals from being exposed. It is time to hold local facilities responsible for medical care to the truth and not the rhetoric. It is time for every American to take personal responsibility in order to protect themselves from this deadly disease. Your life depends on it.