Obama Administration’s Late And Inadequate Response To The Ebola Outbreak
by Jonathan Emord
The Obama Administration has simultaneously endeavored to minimize the significance of the threat posed by the ebola virus and avoid taking responsible steps to reduce the spread of the deadly virus. That obfuscation and inaction has placed the American people at greater risk of the lethal contagion. It is further evidence that this Commander-in-Chief fails to lead and leads from behind which is not to lead at all. His present failures mean that we are likely to see more cases of ebola in the United States with the real potential that there may be regional outbreaks with consequences as dire as those now plaguing Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In 1976, scientists discovered the ebola virus. Its origins are the subject of debate, but many think that it started in monkeys or bats and then entered the human species through contact with those animals’ body fluids. Some 70% to 80% of those who contract the virus will die from it. The time interval between infection and the onset of symptoms is between a few and 20 or more days with the average interval consisting of 8 to 21 days. The symptoms are in many respects not unlike a bad case of the flu, that is, until hemorrhagic fever becomes evident with bleeding from orifices. The symptoms include a fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding and bruising).
Dr. Charles B. Simone is one of the world’s greatest oncologists and immunologists. He is a science advisor to my law firm, Emord & Associates. Dr. Simone has explained that the statements made by Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the public have downplayed the risks associated with infected persons and communal forms of travel, like air travel. Dr. Frieden has said that “there is zero risk of transmission of ebola on air flight” and that the disease “does not spread from someone who doesn’t have fever or other symptoms.” That, Dr. Simone says, “is not exactly true.”
Dr. Simone explains that ebola is in fact spread by the means many public health people in the United States say is not a means: “aerosol transmission.” Dr. Simone explains that ebola is spread by aerosol transmission as well as “by direct contact with blood, mucus or other body fluids of an infected person.”
Dr. Simone explains that “these viruses [referring to ebola and another similar hemorrhagic fever, Lassa] . . . have long incubation periods, making infected passengers potentially symptom free and unaware that they are infected at the time of travel even though they can spread disease by droplet transmission.” Dr. Simone notes that an infected person “spreads ebola virus containing droplets when they cough, sneeze or speak and that the droplets” are “propelled up to 3 feet and deposited on a susceptible host’s eyes or mucus membrane.”