Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unpossible: symptomatic patients found on Day One of new screenings

Still waiting to hear if they're Ebola carriers, or just more false alarms. Also no word on whether they'll be shipped back if positive, or whether the local taxpayers have just been voluntold to help share the load with Liberia.
Medical workers at University Hospital in Newark have isolated a sick passenger who landed at Newark Liberty Airport from Brussels and are evaluating him "as if he has Ebola" out of extreme caution, sources tell NBC 4 New York. 
The man, a Liberian national, had traveled from Liberia to Brussels before flying into Newark on United Airlines Flight 998 just before 1 p.m., Tuesday, officials said.
He waited in line with other passengers at the customs check-in, and then was singled out for  a health screening by agents because of his recent travel history, sources familiar with the screening said.
That's when officers discovered he had a fever, according to the sources. It's not clear if he was exhibiting any other symptoms of illness. 

1) So, what are the odds? 150 passengers per day, 5 airports, on the very first day of enhanced screening protocols, and they already have a hot one?
WHO KNEW?? (Oh that would still be "Everyone but the CDC and the rest of the Government.)
Anybody want to speculate how many of the 150/day (3600 or so since September 28th, when Duncan was diagnosed here) might have already gotten here?

Crickets. I hear crickets...

2) But wait! There's more!

Two people who arrived at O'Hare International Airport from Liberia have been placed under observation at Chicago hospitals, under the city's procedures for handling Ebola, after they fell ill during their flights, officials said.Health officials stressed that "at this time there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola and there is no threat to the general public."In fact, the officials said they decided against testing the two for Ebola after initial medical evaluations but did send them to Lurie Children's Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for observation.  They are being kept in isolation.
The two hospitals are among four in Chicago that have agreed to take Ebola patients from other hospitals and health care providers should any cases appear in the area.  The others are Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

How convenient that the two (one adult, and one child) are already at two of the four hospitals that "agreed" to take Ebola patients after "consultation" with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It's Chicago, so I'm sure it's purely coincidental, and that all such helpfully recent consultations between Mayor Deadfish and the hospital officials involved were entirely courteous and cordial.

No word on how these three somehow escaped the ace passenger screeners in Liberia.


Andrew said...

Your earlier picture of guy with binoculars, searching, with lens caps on would have been appropriate.

Or, perhaps just a parade of clowns on kids tricycles handling comically oversized magnifying glasses painted black with polka dots.

Aesop said...

Alas, I am a victim of what is.

I can imagine any number of great photo/illustration ideas, but actually finding them there waiting for me, even with the Internet to search through, or finding the budget to create them from scratch, is a bit more difficult.

Andrew said...

I meant that not as criticism, but to point out it would be a great graphic for this one too.

When I wrote the first comment, the last picture you have wasn't showing up on my screen, it had a rectangle saying "image hosted by photobucket" but no image.

I appreciate the updates and the razor sharp delivery.

Snark...not just for breakfast anymore.

A Texan said...

Yeah, the Shitcago passengers AREN'T being tested for Ebola, but they ARE being kept in isolation.

So, assclowns, which is it? If you are SOOOOO sure that they don't have Ebola, why bother with isolation? Or, if you're SOOOOO concerned that they might have some strange, rare and hideously virulent West African disease (hmmm, what might that be, I wonder, here in October of 2014?), then WHY THE PHUCK don't you test them for Ebola?

None of these failures of either elementary common sense/logic, and of a stark failure to take elementary medical steps to ensure everyone's safety help to create more ocnfidence in government (because government IS running this, not sensible medical people). Are these people THAT blind that they can't see it, or are they, instead, THAT callous that they simpe don't give a rat's ass about either our peace of mind or our safety? Either way, the mind just boggles.

A Texan said...

ocnfidence = confidence

simpe = simply

Damn, I should spellcheck before posting. At least these fuck-ups won't give anyone Ebola. :>)

Aesop said...

@Andrew No offense taken.
It's the reason I caught that the pic had gone away, and replaced it.