Yea… Me too kid!
Yep, that just about says it all. And it’s the same with any emergency in this country. Think about the TSA and what you now have to do each and every time you travel anywhere!
The federal government has been preparing for the eventual outbreak of communicable disease in the U.S. If you look at the origins of this Executive Order, you will see that it was written in 2003. This is typical preparedness by the government. A cynic would say that the President including SARS, was a direct response to his open borders policy.
The CDC has issued guidance on how to handle ebola patients. This is SOP for emergency response.
Then, we have the possibility of mutation and airborne transmission, from a hyper-evolving ebola virus (< –read this NYT Article):
The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air. You can now get Ebola only through direct contact with bodily fluids. But viruses like Ebola are notoriously sloppy in replicating, meaning the virus entering one person may be genetically different from the virus entering the next. The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years. Each new infection represents trillions of throws of the genetic dice.
If certain mutations occurred, it would mean that just breathing would put one at risk of contracting Ebola. Infections could spread quickly to every part of the globe, as the H1N1 influenza virus did in 2009, after its birth in Mexico.
Then, we see that Congress has deployed viral hemorrhagic fever detection units to all 50 states:
The Chemical and Biological Defense Program has sharpened the DoD diagnostics portfolio by increasing the capability of our fielded system, some 340 of which have been provided to the Military Services.
The Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System is a portable system capable of rapid, reliable, and simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens. By partnering with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Food and Drug Administration, we have made accessible additional diagnostic assays for high consequence, low probability biological threat agents for use during declared public health emergencies.
This collaboration has facilitated the availability of viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostic assays for use during a declared emergency and adds previously unavailable preparedness capabilities to this fielded system.
To address the need for a near term capability to combat emerging threat materials, we have already provided Domestic Response Capability kits to the National Guard weapons of mass destruction civil support teams resident in all 50 states.
These kits provide emerging threat mitigation capability that includes detection, personnel protection, and decontamination.
I’m not trying to scare people, or anything close to that. I just ant you to have good information and be prepared. Think of the outbreak type movies you’ve seen, where the worlds populations are decimated. The gov’ts of the world try to keep people calm until the wheels fall off. Then, a year later, they have lost control and life is forever altered. That is Hollywood, but even the CDC warns that the 5% die-off from the Spanish Influenza would pale in comparison to a full-blown, airborne ebola pandemic. Semper Peratus.
Since I moved out West, one thing I miss a lot is catching those big ole lunkers. It’s been many years since I was on the other end of a Bass pole.
This morning I checked in this young lady for surgery. In looking over the paperwork to search for the name of any family that may be waiting, I found that phone number slot was blank. I asked if she had any family and she responded with, “oh, my husband is fishing. You know the season is almost at an end.” I don’t know what was with this woman, but I know what my wife would do if I were to go fishing on the day she was having surgery. Anyway, she made me think of this joke…
A man was on the water for his weekly fishing trip. He began his day with an 8 pound bass on the first cast and a 7 pound on the second. On the third cast he had just caught his first ever bass over 11 pounds when his cell phone rang. It was a doctor notifying him that his wife had just been in a terrible accident and was in critical condition and in the ICU.
The man told the doctor to inform his wife where he was and that he’d be there as soon as possible. As he hung up he realized he was leaving what was shaping up to be his best day ever on the water. He decided to get in a couple of more casts before heading to the hospital.
He ended up fishing the rest of the morning, finishing his trip with a stringer like he’d never seen, with 3 bass over 10 pounds. He was jubilant until he remembered his wife. Feeling guilty, he dashed to the hospital. He saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about his wife’s condition.
The doctor glared at him and shouted “You went ahead and finished your fishing trip didn’t you! I hope you’re proud of yourself! While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself on the pond your wife has been languishing in the ICU! It’s just as well you went ahead and finished because it will be more than likely the last fishing trip you ever take! For the rest of her life she will require around the clock care. Feeding her, bathing her, even wiping her bottom after each bowel movement. And you’ll be her care giver forever!”
The man was feeling so guilty he broke down and sobbed.
The doctor then chuckled and said “I’m just screwing with ya. She’s dead. What’d you catch?”