That the U.S. has not always handled outbreaks very effectively in the past e.g., the 1976 Swine Flu scare, made it even more imperative that the U.S. develop a plan that would outline among other things the messaging to minimize the risk of panic, emphasis on communicating only facts and on a regular basis, establish an approach for dealing with any cases that might emerge in the U.S. (higher risk than in the past due to the global nature of transportation), identify people responsible for overseeing key tasks tied to that national strategy, establishing a mechanism to identify and correct emergent problems, and creating a small body to lay out scenarios (including a worst-case one where Ebola takes hold in the U.S. and an epidemic spreads at a rate similar to what was happening in Africa, even as such an outcome would be a low probability scenario) and draft contingency plans to deal with those scenarios, etc.
There was plenty of time to develop a coordinated national response plan. The 2014 outbreak was first reported by the World Health Organization on March 23, when the WHO revealed:
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in forested areas of south-eastern Guinea. As of 22 March 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) had been reported.
On July 1, the WHO reported:
As of 30 June 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the three countries stands at 759, including 467 deaths. The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows: Guinea, 413 cases (293 confirmed, 88 probable, and 32 suspected) and 303 deaths (193 confirmed, 82 probable, and 28 suspected); Liberia, 107 cases (52 confirmed, 21 probable, and 34 suspected) and 65 deaths (33 confirmed, 17 probable, and 15 suspected); and Sierra Leone, 239 cases (199 confirmed, 31 probable, and 9 suspected) and 99 deaths (65 confirmed, 29 probable, and 5 suspected).
In short, the absence of a national strategy was far more a leadership issue than a time or resource matter. In the context of the current political races, while I don't think candidates should stir panic, I do think it is fair to raise the question as to why the nation was caught by surprise and didn't have a response plan for the event that Ebola reached the U.S.
There was no protocol in place!
Nurses at Texas hospital: 'There were no protocols' about Ebola
Texas nurses: 'There were no protocols' about Ebola - CNN.com
I believe them.
That's why Duncan was sent home, and the information about him coming from Liberia didn't get any traction.
The second time he went to the hospital, he was sitting in ER for several hours. They didn't know what to do!
Since righties are blaming President Ebola, did the Texas hospital purposely drop the ball from the beginning on Governor Perry's orders?
We now know the October surprises--but never a surprise to me as I've posted for months.
The GOP is far more of a clear and present danger to this Nation than any issue we face today.
Except they don't care about the Health of our Iraqi Veterans and the
Death of thousands of soldiers last decade and the maiming of tens of thousands more .
Chemists Have Solutions .