[with live updates, while I browse the news]
Pacifying gestures from our city, state and federal authorities are very short on actual concrete information, let alone common sense.
Much was made in regards to what Dr. Spencer should have done when returned to NY after working with Ebola patients in Africa, namely: go into a self-imposed quarantine. In fact, new CDC guidelines order that exact measure to all exposed personnel for minimum of 21 days. My question is, how it should work in practice?
As we are told, contamination occurs through bodily fluids: urine, blood, liquid vomit, liquid diarrhea, sweat, saliva, semen, vaginal/sinus/excrement/breast milk discharge.
Dr. Spencer, as 90% new yorkers, lives in an multistory apartment building. Let’s say, he locked windows and entry door and didn’t exit his unit. Some devoted soul brings him food and leaves on his threshold to pick up when nobody is present. Stuff goes in – what about stuff going out? Plumbing system in the building penetrates and connects all floors, all apartments, and branches via the main to the city underground sewage and water network.
How is potentially infected person supposed to prevent his/her bodily fluids from reaching other tenants in the building, and – wider – users of the same utilities network? Every time (s)he uses a toilet of washes hands or takes a shower or touches door handles in public corridor with his/her sweaty hands – the disease is spread further.
Another thing. With all those descriptions of Hazmat suits of various categories that emergency personnel should wear it is apparent that average layman is completely unprotected. I just learned this latest know-how in prevention:
However, it is killed by bleach, and you can protect yourself from it through good hand washing practices, which is true of most viruses — Ebola included.
Hey, when was the last time you washed your hands with bleach?!?
And when official prevention recommendation to the public is “wash your hands often” one starts suspecting…if are they actually aiming at wiping off whole US population.
Yesterday, as every other day, I went to my gym. I was running late for Pilates class, and I didn’t bring a towel to put on the mat. It was sticky with someone’s sweat, and smelled of it, too.
How am I to know I didn’t contract Ebola already?