By Dean Garrison
By now, everyone has likely heard that a nurse has contracted Ebola from treating Thomas Duncan. The announcement was made on Sunday. No one seems to know why. She was wearing full protective gear. Our CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, says that he suspects a breach in protocol. Really?
I see that the people in charge are still playing God. It has to be the nurse’s fault or the fault of one of her co-workers. We can’t seem to admit that Ebola is a nasty disease that isn’t so hard to catch and very difficult to stop. There are now over 200 dead health workers worldwide because of Ebola. Do you really think they all violated protocol?
If so, then maybe the “protocol” should come into question.
If you aren’t convinced that the Ebola threat is real and still believing the lies that are being fed to you, then this subject will be of no interest to you. I want to break this down to the naked truth because America needs to know.
There is a very urgent concern that we have been talking about in Alternative Media for quite some time. Let me spell it out for you very simply:
Over 99.9% of All American Hospitals are NOT Equipped to Handle Ebola
While many of us were focused on the reportedly sick cops that entered Duncan’s apartment and the clean up crews that made a mockery of any pretended attempts at containment, there is a much bigger concern. As I rightly pointed out a little over a week ago, there are only four hospitals in the entire country that can be trusted to handle Ebola patients and Texas Health Presbyterian is not one of them.
There are currently over 5700 hospitals in the United States. But only four of them have a special level of biocontainment that is necessary to contain Ebola. It’s not that they can’t treat Ebola in much the same way that everyone else is treating it. It is simply a matter of most facilities not being able to contain the virus and make sure it does not leave the hospital with more cases of infection.
This is a potentially catastrophic problem.
The CDC Knows This and These Four Hospitals are Their New ‘Ace in the Hole’ Solution
Frieden also said the CDC is considering having Ebola patients be treated at one of the four facilities in the United States that have special isolation units. Three of them — the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta; and the University of NebraskaMedical Center — have treated confirmed or suspected Ebola cases. The fourth place is St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont.
That sounds logical.
To the uninformed it might even sound workable.
But there is something that Frieden and the CDC are not telling you about these four hospitals.
Get all images of entire floors and units of Ebola patients out of your mind, because that will never happen.
Hopefully it will never be necessary but the point is that it can’t happen because these four hospitals are very limited.
These Four Hospitals Have a Grand Total of 19 Ebola-Ready, Level-4 Biocontainment Beds
In the US there are 4 units geared up to handle Ebola. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, has 3 beds. Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, has 10 beds. Emory Hospital, Atlanta has 3 beds and St Patricks Hospital, Missoula has 3 beds (source)
19 level four biocontainment beds for 317,000,000 people
I think we just found out why the government(s) are under-playing the situation. They simply do not have the facilities to cope with even a small outbreak. They are, in fact, in exactly the same position as the dirt-poor hospitals in West Africa…there are not enough facilities to stop the spread of the disease if it gets out. The quality of care is better, but the availability of containment most likely isn’t.
Please note that these are the same four hospitals that Dr. Frieden is suggesting. He just didn’t feel the need to talk about the problem of only having 19 Ebola-ready beds in those four facilities.
This is a clue that the CDC may be going into desperation mode.
If 5700 community hospitals in the United States will not be able to contain Ebola, then we have to make an effort to start putting these patients in the facilities that might stand a fighting chance.
That would present a variety of new problems.
You still have to transport patients without the disease spreading, and then there is the obvious question…
What happens when we have 20 patients and only 19 beds?
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