Tweet of the Day: CDC guidelines for reducing Ebola risks among health professionals riddled with errors

Tweet of the Day: CDC guidelines for reducing Ebola risks among health professionals riddled with errors

As LU Staff noted in an earlier post, an “Ebola situation assessment” released by the World Health Organization reveals that the incubation period for the disease is 42 days — not 21 as previously reported. The WHO document further notes:

Two negative RT-PCR test results, at least 48 hours apart, are required for a clinically asymptomatic patient to be discharged from hospital, or for a suspected Ebola case to be discarded as testing negative for the virus.

PT-PCR, short for “real-time polymerase chain reaction,” is an assay for determining if the body is producing antigens to the Ebola virus. A positive test result would indicate the presence of the virus.

Both findings call into question the CDC’s handling of the Ebola crisis up till now, and especially its on-the-spot determinations that people suspected of infection are disease-free. Such an instantaneous diagnosis was made in the case of the recent traveler to Africa who vomited in a parking lot at the Pentagon on Friday.

Now a pair of tweets posted by Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist and co-author of Dick Cheney’s medical memoir “Heart,” challenge the agency’s guidelines for protecting health care workers from risk of infection. In short, its “protocols,” celebrated yesterday by Barack Obama in his weekly address, are flawed.

One of the tweets deals with errors in the CDC’s recommendations for suiting up in protective gear. The other highlights mistakes in the recommended procedure for disposing of gloves.

Obama also acknowledged that “before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America.” Unless the agencies tasked with protecting the public and the administration decide to get serious about this scourge any time soon, we are apt to see more cases than we should.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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