Gov. Cuomo on yesterday’s press-conference:
unlike in Dallas, where two hospital nurses treating an Ebola patient contracted the disease, New York officials had time to thoroughly prepare and drill for the possibility of a case emerging in the city
A doctor who treats walk-in patients in NYC hospital:
..we are totally unprepared for this illness. I am certain that at this point someone is walking about NYC with this virus [written on Oct.3. Now we know of Dr. Spencer, his girlfriend and friends, people in subway and bowling alley he exposed to infection – ETat] and spreading it to others. Duncan is not the only jerk in this country with this illness. Doctors are scared, especially ED docs because there is no proper screening and no place for isolation in the emergency rooms. In the first several days with symptoms, it is impossible to distinguish Ebola from any other virus causing gastroenteritis. If we do suspect someone as having Ebola, how do we isolate him from the rest of the hospital? Sure we have isolation rooms, but we have never dealt with such a deadly virus before. The bio-hazard suits are nice but they need to be put on somewhere safe and removed someplace safe. I don’t know of any hospital in NYC that has a decontamination area set up in a ward. In most circumstances, people will put on protective clothing and remove them in a busy hallway, following which foot traffic will spread whatever was on the floor of the isolation room to the rest of the hospital ward floor.
What we’re all witnessing is a group of morons slowly driving a bus off the cliff, and the passengers mumbling softly to each other about how terrible this all is. Some of my friends tell me, you are a doctor and you must stand up and do something. “This is crazy, you must do something” they tell me…. OK, smarty. What should I do? Protest against city hall, protest against the federal government? How? Should I put on a Hazmat suit, write the government is lying to us, and show up to work dressed this way? Someone did that, and he was laughed at. No, I will not waste time arguing with a crowd that should really be locked up in an insane asylum.