August 5, 2014 at 3:19 am #21094
Being a numbers kind of guy I look at it from a somewhat different perspective. Hundreds have died these past couple months, or more likely thousands assuming they have grossly under counted the deaths thus far. At worst we’re talking low 5 figures though. The population of the affected countries is higher today than when this all started. Each and every day the world’s population rises by 200,000. Thus far this strain of ebola is not even remotely close to a world killer. Maybe it will be soon, maybe not. Too early to tell. Viruses have a way of mutating and so the nature of things could change quickly. It bears very close monitoring, but until I start seeing exponential growth I’m not going to get too excitedAugust 5, 2014 at 10:08 am #21103
Epidemics spread like wildfire. Just a saying that sticks in my mind.August 5, 2014 at 11:02 am #21105
I’m not rattled, not at all. I’m simply interested in what is happening. One of the problems written text has always had is that it doesn’t emote.August 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm #21110
Just saw via twitter; Plane carrying 2nd Ebola patient from Liberia lands in Maine enroute to Atlanta
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.August 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm #21113
“until I start seeing exponential growth I’m not going to get too excited” MTB
We are seeing it, it’s just that we are watching the beginning stages. It started with just one case. Recently Patrick Sawyer put 8 people in quarantine, 3 are probably going to die. 70 others are under observation.
Left unchecked it would expand in the classic exponential model. Their attempts to contain it have probably helped slow the progressive spread throughout the population.August 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm #21120
Lets just hope that this strain doesn’t mutate into something that’s much easier to transmit. A cross between bird flu and ebola would be terrifying.
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.August 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm #21123
Red, There was a strain in the past that was airborne. The records of it have been going around the net.
This is from a NY ABC news affiliate: “That patient walked into the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side unannounced Monday afternoon showing signs consistent with the illness, namely high fever and gastrointestinal problems.”
The test for ebola is being conducted by the CDC in Atlanta and takes 2 days. This patient is in isolation, but there is no news of any attempt to find all of the people he exposed. If he has ebola all of his exposed contacts are becoming infectious; are they spreading ebola? Do they believe they have time to wait and see because all the infected can’t pass the virus on yet?August 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm #21138
OK a little more news:
“During a segment concerning the admission of a potential Ebola victim at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revealed that there have been at least six cases at the hospital which prompted doctors to test for Ebola but that the details were not divulged publicly.
“There have been about a half a dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of concern, those particular patients their stories were not made public,” said Gupta, adding, “I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly.”
Gupta also appeared to suggest that patients being tested for the Ebola virus were not being kept in isolation when he stated, “This isn’t the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus.”
However, at least in the case of the patient who was made public yesterday, hospital officials said the individual was immediately put into isolation as a precaution.
As we reported yesterday, despite health authorities downplaying the likelihood of Ebola going airborne, studies by Canadian scientists suggest that this is in fact likely, at least to a limited degree.”August 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm #21140
(Dr.) Henry Niman’s forum on flu, ebola ,and all other viral diseases.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.August 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm #21141
74, this is not good! I think someone is not telling us the truth. I am thinking this Ebola virus maybe already an airborne virus. If it is they will hold back the truth till they just have to many infections. It just doesn’t sound right to me.August 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm #21143
Here is the Wall Street Journal. The man was in the hospital for seven minutes before they isolated him,how many things did he touch?
Ebola Virus: Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City Tests PatientAugust 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm #21148
74, this is not good! I think someone is not telling us the truth. I am thinking this Ebola virus maybe already an airborne virus. If it is they will hold back the truth till they just have to many infections. It just doesn’t sound right to me.
One woman caught it by being on a motorbike with an infected driver…. so that might indicate its semi airborne already.
This here is a look inside one of the high security places where Ebola victims are treated. Also a small lesson on perimeter defense.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")August 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm #21150
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>freedom wrote:</div>I think someone is not telling us the truth.
Ya that’s a new one!!
Well this guy walked into the hospital so he exposed the taxi driver & hotel staff, probably a restaurant or two. Came through JFK, probably used 2 or 3 flights to get here, with 2 or 3 other airports. Not a peep about his travels. Plus they are not saying he was a doctor, had direct contact with patients or infected kin. So whats up with that. With every other patient using air travel we knew all of that right fast. Maybe they will give him the secret formula anti virus serum and set him free like it didn’t happen.August 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm #21169
One of the triggers for me will be when we have people infected in 1st world countries who have not been in Africa themselves.August 6, 2014 at 5:15 am #21189
and this guy is the one developing the treatment for ebola….Holy ****!
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