Loopholes in the Ebola narrative; CDC self-contradicts

CDC How Ebola Spreads
This banner at the CDC says Ebola “only spreads when people are sick.” The text accompanying the banner contradicts that statement. (Image: CDC)

With the appointment of Ron Klain as Ebola czar, most observers knew President Barack Obama’s decision pointed to a tamping down of the narrative. I think we can expect less transparency because Klain is, as most know, not a medical expert. He’s a politics expert.

Despite all the attention, however, there are still some loopholes in the US approach to Ebola, and there’s even a self-contradictory element on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines page.  Continue reading

With Obamacare Tax Bill confusion looming, beware of scams

Deb W. Schultz D-Fla.
Rep. Deb W. Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the DNC, often seemed confused about the PPACA/Obamacare Tax Bill. Even far-left satirist Bill Maher called Schultz out for false statements about the bill Democrats passed via a sleight of hand budgetary manipulation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). [Snip from video at YouTube: Sharp News]
By the time April, 2015 rolls around, Americans will have received a new dose of reality about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare. It’s a tax bill, and your 2015 tax return will be a reminder of that.

Any time something related to taxes changes significantly, scammers see opportunity.  Continue reading

Comedy of errors in Crist’s flip flops: Stimulus, women, the poor

The Two Faces of Charlie Crist
Side-by-side released by the Republican Party of Florida during the US Senate race in 2010: “The Two Faces of Charlie Crist.”

I’ve done columns about Gov. Rick Scott’s first term, and I’m of the opinion he’s done a good job considering what he inherited from  Charlie Crist. Amid the ongoing character assassination and lawfare Dems are currently using in a frantic attempt to take leadership of one of the largest states in our nation, it’s useful to revisit some interesting moments in Crist’s past.

Let’s start with the disenfranchisement of a viable female Democrat who sought her party’s nomination.

Power brokers in the Democrats’ party basically anointed former Republican-turned No Party Affiliate-turned Democrat Charlie Crist as their nominee.

Crist sidetracked political ambitions of former state senator Nan Rich, a loyal Dem who sought the nomination but was virtually ignored by her party. The disenfranchisement of Rich was an effective war on a woman courtesy of progressives.

A good title for Crist’s political evolution might be a comedy of errors. For instance, The Orlando Sentinel just endorsed Crist. In 2009 the paper sang a different tune.

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Officials shy on discussing all bodily fluids in Ebola

Ebola geographic distribution map West Africa via WHO, CDC
Provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), this map illustrates the geographic distribution, as of October 10, 2014, of the West African Ebola outbreak, and demarcates some of the salient focal points involved in the epidemiologic investigation of what has become an international epidemic including the location of Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), field laboratories, transit centers, and hospitals. Also indicated were the regions where there were newly-active, and previously-active cases, and areas where there were no suspected cases. (Photo & Caption by CDC)

If you research academic papers on Ebola hemorrhagic fever, you will learn a lot about the virus and you will also learn we have much more to learn about it. In a press conference in Bethesda (Md.) today, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted there is “no specific treatment for the Ebola virus.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, did say he believes a blood transfusion given to nurse Nina Pham from a doctor who recovered from Ebola “could have made a difference” because of antibodies in the donor’s blood.

Fauci, like other officials, has stressed the generally accepted premise that EHF can only be contracted via bodily fluids. He cited vomiting and diarrhea as major concerns, but missing from his and other officials’ statements—and from media questions—are inquiries into bodily fluids we don’t talk about a lot. Why are officials shy about discussing all bodily fluids in detail?  Continue reading

Liberian Ebola patient’s case raises questions about PPACA/Obamacare

Pelosi said PPACA beautiful
In an interview, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described the PPACA tax bill as “beautiful.” The bill levies hefty taxes on Americans who do not obtain health insurance. (Video snip via Jim Hoft at YouTube: http://youtu.be/Id2_wUSsrqk)

The case of Thomas Eric Duncan and treatment he received for Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF)  at a US hospital raises questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.

No media have asked critical questions, and no one in Congress from either political party has asked them either.

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5 Ebola mysteries: Plants, virulent strains, airborne transmission

Sebelius how to sneeze properly
Government officials and media devoted great attention to the H1N1 influenza scare in 2009, with then-secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius showing Americans how to sneeze properly. (Snip: CNN video)

There’s a lot of literature on Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) and its sibling Marburg, dating to decades in the past. Culled from a number of academic papers, here are 5 interesting things, mysteries of sorts, about this hemorrhagic fever.

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Scott watches as Crist hits the fan; ghosts of Sink, Obama rise

Gov. Scott and family
Florida’s First Family—Gov. Rick Scott, wife Ann, (center) and children and grandchild. (Scott campaign photo)

Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott debated his opponent Charlie Crist (D) at Broward College on Wednesday, and the best I can say is the debate was a draw. Neither candidate is a debater on the scale of a Marco Rubio. Crist worked in some snarks and Scott largely recounted his record during his first term.

But what so many in media, including the moderators missed involved epic screw-ups by Crist. Incidentally, you can thank the mods for dull as tofu questions.

There’s something to note before I get going. Why is it that every major media outlet made fun of  US House Speaker John Boehner’s complexion while they ignore the fact Charlie Crist is as orange as the fruit the Sunshine State is famous for?

Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get on to how the Crist hit the fan. Twice.  Continue reading

Denied debate, Wyllie points finger at FPA over conflict of interest

2014 midterm graphicFlorida’s gubernatorial race is interesting this year to say the least. Gov. Rick Scott (R) has run a fairly docile campaign, former Gov. Charlie Crist (now D) has run a largely negative campaign (while hoping the red herring pot amendment turns out youth), and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is raising hell about being denied the opportunity to participate in the statewide debate scheduled for Oct. 15 at Broward College.  Continue reading

Dallas officials confirm Ebola in second healthcare worker

Mike Rawlings (D) Dallas Mayor
Mike Rawlings (D), Mayor of Dallas, made remarks during an early morning press conference on October 15, 2014, after a second healthcare worker was diagnosed with Ebola. (Photo: Day on the Day screen capture)

Dallas city officials held a press conference early Wednesday morning to tell the public a second healthcare worker has contracted Ebola. Like Nina Pham, a nurse at the hospital where Liberian national, the late Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted, the healthcare worker attended to Duncan.

Duncan’s was the first documented case of Ebola in the US.

Officials said 48 individuals had contact with Duncan and they are all being monitored.

Mike Rawlings (D), mayor of Dallas, said, “The only way to beat this is person by person, moment by moment, detail by detail.” He said the goal should be to “minimize rumors and maximize facts.” Like President Barack Obama’s CDC chief Tom Frieden, Rawlings emphasized the need to not be “fearful.”  Continue reading

Do hospitals have hazmat gear like CDC used in Monrovia?

Frieden, CDC, Ebola Treatment Center Monrovia
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), underwent decontamination procedures after leaving an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. (Photo: CDC/Sally Ezra)

With the announcement that another individual in Dallas has Ebola, questions have arisen about hospital protocol when dealing with a potential case. The Centers for Disease Control cited “breach of protocol” as the reason the second patient, a nurse, contracted the disease.

Thus far, the CDC has not given specific details about what protocol was breached.

Few media have touched on the subject of supplies or protective gear. A photo posted at the CDC image library showed CDC head Tom Frieden visiting a facility in Monrovia (Liberia). Frieden was dressed in full hazmat garb. The image is featured above this column.

Do hospitals even stock an ample supply of such gear and other materials necessary to deal with suspect or confirmed cases?

As the outbreaks in West Africa commenced, federal officials gave Americans the impression there was nothing to fear. Did this lead to a sense of complacency in the healthcare sector?

I get the impression hospitals as well as states were not made aware of potential risks despite President Barack Obama’s policy of leaving travel visas in place for individuals whose countries of origin are experiencing outbreaks.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 15, 2014)

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