A man who claims to have recently visited Liberia is currently being examined at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. after complaining of Ebola-like symptoms, including headaches and muscle-pains, according to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list symptoms for the Ebola virus as including:
- muscle pain
- stomach pain
- unexplained bleeding
- severe heading
Officials stated in a press conference outside Beth Israel, that the patient will be examined thoroughly in order to determine whether he does, in fact, have the Ebola virus. Tests for the lethal virus will be sent to the CDC and can take from one to two days to determine the results.
Fox 25’s John Monahan reported that the patient had come to the facility seeking a refill for a prescription before returning to his car, but that staff had chased after him to keep him from leaving. Company President Mark Brewster said the patient was instructed by Harvard Vanguard professionals to wait in his car and had done as directed. The patient was then transported to Beth Israel by Brewster Ambulance. Brewster claimed the ambulance team followed all appropriate protocols for interacting with and transporting a patient infected with Ebola, indicating the high likelihood that all would remain well in Boston, regardless of whether the patient does or does not have Ebola.
Our staff has been carefully preparing over the last several weeks for situations like this, and today those preparations were put into practice. The actions by all emergency responders, including Braintree fire fighters and police and our EMS team, went exactly according to protocol.
And, okay, sure – that sounds good, but how does the public know that’s the truth? How does anyone know that fully until enough time passes that another infection does or does not show itself?
Not to be an alarmist by any means, but the country does have some serious integrity and trust issues when it comes to honesty, the media, and government oversight, especially in this recent era of corner-cutting and cutbacks.
Needless to say, however, Braintree fire fighter of the Braintree Fire Department, Joe Zanca, told the Boston Globe:
Ebola protocol is in place.
Hopefully, that is entirely the case.
Although, a quick view of the video below will show citizens are not as secure from Ebola outbreak as they are being told.
At least one woman waiting in the waiting room with the patient before he left the building was allowed to walk off the “quarantined” scene and told:
If you want to leave, it’s on your own path.
She was also insanely told:
Take a shower.
Soon enough, she was out front being interviewed on camera by the media.
Nope, no possible points of Ebola contamination there! Everything is secure.
Zanca went on to tell the Boston Herald that the facilities that received the patient had been quarantined after the patient arrived at 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon; however, Harvard Vanguard has since stated that the facility is now open and running again.
One has to wonder, though, what kind of protocols are in place to reopen the facility even before the patient’s symptoms have been confirmed or cleared of Ebola.
As more and more Ebola cases begin sprouting up in the U.S., the question most Americans must be asking themselves is: How long do we proceed with the “wait and see” protocol before large-scale quarantines are put into place? How far does the disease need to spread? How many uncertain points of possible contamination need loom out there like the frayed end of a poorly cut rope before urgent and direct action begins to become the initial response, rather than the fallback, last resort?
Let the country remain calm and hope for the best, but let us also understand that remaining calm does not necessarily mean one should not use critical thinking and feel free to ask questions. Let us hope that those in charge of fighting against large-scale outbreaks are asking themselves such questions, as well.
According to the Boston Globe:
‘This patient does not appear to meet CDC criteria to be considered someone at high risk for Ebola and the likelihood. . . is extremely low,’ said Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials in a statement. ‘The patient will remain in isolation as we continue to evaluate and monitor the patient’s condition.’
“Extremely low,” but not impossible. Hopefully, they are correct.
Still, one should not shake off so easily that without yet knowing whether the patient does or does not have Ebola conclusively, at least one woman was allowed to walk off from the “quarantined” area out into the general population.
Photo of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center courtesy of WikiMedia