Contrast that to what happened here, when a man showed up at an emergency room in Texas with flu-like symptoms – apparently he failed to tell staff that he had been exposed to Ebola, though he did apparently tell them he had been to Liberia.
I do not know this, but I suspect had he told them he had been to Liberia AND had been exposed to Ebola, I am pretty sure he wouldn’t have been sent home. Even if someone doesn’t know where Liberia is, most of us do know that Ebola is a fatal disease.
I would assume doctors and nurses know this too. I don’t think it’s fair to place blame on them.
That would be essentially stating that the healthcare staff didn’t care that he had Ebola. Even if someone is so cynical as to believe that, did they send him home and then quarantine the staff who came into contact with him? No. Would they just go about their business if they knew they had been in contact with someone who had Ebola?
No sane person could believe that.
Unfortunately, 2 nurses have now contracted Ebola. And some very mean-spirited people (in my opinion) are coming down really hard on one of them, because she flew back home to Ohio to finish planning her wedding (“Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Checked with CDC Before Flight”, NBC News, 10/15/2014).
I’m sure that, had she thought she had Ebola, she would not have put people at risk. Especially not her family.
Now she is fighting for her life, and I wish people would just think kind thoughts her way, instead of calling for her to be fired/arrested/whatever (“New Ebola Patient Transferred to Atlanta”, USA Today, 10/15/2014).