We have "dedicated staff with years of training." They're at the various speciality infectious disease treatment centers, such as the CDC's unit at Emory, or the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
And where were they when ebola came to America?
This is the bureaucratic mindset in practice.
A bureaucrat sends out a memo, an email, and tells people "Follow the below protocols in ebola cases" and considers his job done.
Hey, he sent out a memo. That's his job. Sending out memos. Can't say he didn't do his job.
Here's how a non-bureaucrat views this situation:
We have a serious public health crisis. We have known since March that ebola was back, and in subsequent months the disease infected people at an exponential rate. As full-blown epidemics do.
They suffered a 70% death rate for ebola infections in West Africa. (Here in the States, supposedly we will only have a 50% death rate-- but I'm not confident that the "experts" are right about that.)
Now, given the fact that ebola is raging across West Africa, killing thousands of people, would anyone who is serious about epidemic containment think, back in, say, June, "Well, we sent out a memo and posted an instructional video. Our work here is done."
No. Back in June, the CDC should have offered hospitals a major crash course in ebola containment. They should not have relied upon their previous memos. They should have actually checked and followed up with hospitals to ensure that people knew at least the basics of containment.
And when Duncan was diagnosed with ebola, they should have sent out ateam of experts to oversee the hospital's handling of the matter or simply taken over treatment of Duncan themselves.
Excellent read ...