State health officials say the Dallas County sheriff’s deputy who exhibited symptoms of Ebola has tested negative for the disease. The deputy, Michael Monnig, did not have contact with Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan who died on October 8, although he and other deputies days earlier had gone inside the Dallas apartment where Duncan was staying. However, Monnig did have contact with some of Duncan’s family members who are now in isolation. Health officials stress that Monnig tested negative for the virus.
Ebola is nothing new. The outbreak of a deadly virus in 1976 was named after the nearby River Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
What is new is that this recent outbreak is far deadlier than other disease outbreaks that come to mind anywhere in the world. The good news, however, is that if it is taken seriously by everyone, and we all pay attention to the admonishments and the advice for keeping it from spreading even in the most unlikely of situations, it can be contained and there will be no need for panic.
We believe that concern — paying attention to all the advice for proper hand-washing and reporting of symptoms immediately is far better than fear, which leads to nothing but panic and even more of what one is fearing since one is not taking the proper precautions when operating out of that mindset.
Those reporting the news, and those “in charge of” the news do not know everything. Better to heed the words of those doctors, scientists and researchers who have devoted their lives to fighting such diseases and do the absolute best for yourselves by not being careless in what you touch and then touching your eyes or mouth. Although hand-washing may not prevent you from “catching” the Ebola virus, it will keep you aware of everything you touch. Besides having normal good hygiene habits, now we have to consider if we might inadvertently be interacting with someone who may have been with someone who was possibly infected and chose not to say anything.
People lie, whether for their own convenience or to avoid negative publicity. Chances are that no visitor from Liberia or environs will land in Las Vegas, at least without going through the necessary 21-day quarantine first, but we can’t imagine stopping all flights into or out of Liberia or its vicinity in the meantime if that would mean all healthcare workers would be banned from going there to assist those so in need of help, but vacation flights or nonessential flights, of
With the knowledge we have, and the precautions in place, if they are followed, the virus should be well contained. Yet while precautions are used in wearing protective garb, those wearing it must be taught how to remove the gear with the same precautions, as well as how to dispose of anything that touched the exposed party.
It can be done. It is being done. Always and ever, the best defense is self-defense with the simple act of being on guard, using common sense in NOT jumping to conclusions and determining where the flu-like symptoms came from, and then reporting those symptoms for which there might be a suspicious cause. Always, good health before political correctness!