The hard part about riding a tiger is sticking the dismount.
So take an educated guess: in the nuclear field, when are workers most likely to contaminate themselves?
Answer: when removing their contaminated protective clothing.
Don’t forget that tidbit when seeing articles like this one.
“Treating one Ebola patient requires, full time, 20 medical staff. Mostly ICU (intensive care unit) people. So that would wipe out an ICU in an average-sized hospital.”
And she fails to mention that not all of those 20 will be properly trained, or properly alert at all times. If Ebola starts popping up here, the more people we throw at it, the more we ensure that some of them fail at the tiger dismount.
Edohiguma can surely add to this point.
Holds true for infectious diseases as well. Even for surgery.
In a normal ward today you don’t only have doctors and nurses. On TV you usually only see doctors, nurses, maybe a janitor and some administrator. In reality you have a lot of staff that has very little or even no medical training, for example healthcare assistants, care workers or nursing assistants, but they’re just as vital for operating the hospital.
Take an MRSA outbreak and multiply it times 1,000, that’s what Ebola would be. MRSA keeps popping up over and over again and despite following the rules there’s always a moment when it spreads from the containment and hits another patient. Because somebody somewhere will make a mistake and the way wards are set up isn’t really ideal to deal with such diseases.
The problem is that we don’t really have facilities for proper containment anymore. An ICU is not suitable. It’s not made for that.
Back in the days infectious diseases had their own wards. Containment was a lot easier, but since those diseases have diminished in the west many of those wards have been closed down because the need for them disappeared. Today if you have an infectious disease, you usually have one or two patients. Yeah, you can put that guy into an ICU. But what do you do when you get 10 or more patients?
Then you’re SOL because today’s facilities aren’t made for large scale quarantine anymore.
That was the big mistake that was made with Ebola from day one. The first report was from December. Now we’re at over 4,000 deaths and finally some people start realizing that yeah, maybe we should possibly do something. Of course those actions include writing public announcements.
What should have been done when the first report hit was this: go in hard, go in heavy. Find the patients, isolate them. Go in heavy with whatever therapy is at hand. During that process do not let the patients run around outside and infect more people! It could have been contained with proper quarantine on the ground.
But what was done? Nothing. A handful of doctors from some NGOs fiddle around with people who don’t listen to advice, who rather go to the local witchdoctor for some voodoo “medicine” and who are quick to believe the weirdest nonsense. The WHO writes letters, the UNSC drafts resolutions and the media writes about stuff they don’t even remotely understand.
Though, to be perfectly honest. We might hit 5,000 deaths by December, but that’s just not really scary. Good old influenza kills over 10 times as many people every year in the US alone.
Thank you for the recap, forlorn though it is. Our “superiors” are about to sacrifice good but ignorant people for no reason than to cover their idiotic and malevolent asses. I’m so sick of this. I might have to take a few days off again.
I know these disappearances get more frequent. So do their causes…
What you need is a weekend at an onsen.