I met someone today who said he refused a business trip within the USA because of his fear of Ebola. I had not read this story and told him he was being overly cautious, and that unless he is planning to fly internationally, out of LAX or JFK, for example, that he should not fear traveling between two American cities.
Well guess what?
I was wrong.
Amber Joy Vinson, a 29-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, became ill after having contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died from the killer virus earlier this month.
It was disclosed Wednesday that Vinson, an Ohio native, has been traveling in recent days.
She was aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday, officials said. The CDC is trying to track down all 132 people on that flight to make sure they’re OK. <New York Post, link>
This is what it has come to, folks: you are traveling between Cleveland and Dallas on a plane and you may just be taking your life in your hands sitting next to an Ebola patient.
Where is the federal government in all of this? Nowhere.
Who is protecting the homeland? No one, and certainly not Barack Obama.
Oh, and there is this:
Freiden also said that during her self-monitoring, Vinson recorded a temperature of 99.5 — just under the 100.4-degree threshold that would have required her to seek medical attention, but which definitely should have kept her off an airliner.
When you read something like this, don’t you wonder whether Americans at this point have a kind of death wish for the nation as a whole? A nurse who cared for an Ebola patient develops a fever, is allowed to travel, gets on a plane, interacts with her family, and then gets on a plane again and flies home…
It certainly seems to me that we are headed for an Ebola outbreak inside the homeland, and if you think, as Jon Stewart apparently does, that this is an unwarranted and melodramatic reaction to the events unfolding in Texas (and now Ohio…..) all I can say is: you are not welcome in my secret hideaway location and good luck to you.