Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ebola: As Experts & The Government Trip Over Their Own Rhetoric, Who Are We To Trust?

Concerning Ebola, the American people should take comfort knowing they will be covered as soon as we can get the O-Care website working...WH Press Secretary

Four separate studies in the last 12 years report that anywhere from about 100,000 to 250,000 patients die each year from medical errors in hospitals.  We've seen a variety of infections spread through many hospital and clinical settings because there are many occasions when even medical personnel fail to follow the most simple protocol---washing their hands and sanitizing patient rooms and public areas. Yet, the CDC and the government keep making absolute statements about their ability to contain Ebola.

Of course, we all have a responsibility to ensure we don't instill hysteria in the general population. But we also have a responsibility to tell Americans the truth rather than fiction.

  • "We will stop Ebola in its tracks in the U.S." 
That statement was made by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC. (By the way, every time I watch him on TV, it reminds me of an SNL skit. He gives me the willies).
  • "We feel confident there won't be an outbreak." 
That statement was made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
  • "More than 233 doctors and nurses have died from Ebola in Africa this year...The fatalities also include Dr. John Dada, who was a renowned epidemiologist."
That was from an article by Betsy McCaughey, Chair of Reduce Infection Deaths and a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.
  • "This is a very sophisticated city, a very sophisticated hospital. The chances of it {Ebola} being spread is very, very scarce."
That statement was made by Texas Health Director David Lackey. 
  • "Eighty-five percent of nurses surveyed by National Nurses United reported that they have not yet received any training in caring for an Ebola patient."
The point of all these examples (and there are countless others) begs the question: Can we trust a government to handle a vicious disease like Ebola when its incompetence was on full display regarding the  VA medical system as well as the many problems associated with Obamacare?

  • "The smallest mistake can be fatal"
That from Peter Piot, the man who discovered Ebola in 1976.

So---do you feel lucky?

Sources: USA Today, Zero Hedge, US News & World Report


Since this was posted, we have an Ebola outbreak now in NYC.