Lakeland Industries, manufacturer of industrial protective clothing, recently issued a press release that reveals that the US government is calling for bids for 160,000 hazmat suits:
With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.
That's quite a lot of suits. The feds appear rather confident that the outbreak will reach epic levels.
Couple this with the Center For Disease Control issuing a statement to medical professionals that “Now is the time to prepare” along with a checklist to help determine if someone has Ebola. Although they acknowledge that there are no known cases of Ebola in the US “it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States”
For example, one part reads: “Encourage healthcare personnel to use a ‘buddy system’ when caring for patients.” Another recommends a process to report cases to top officials:
Plan for regular situational briefs for decision-makers, including:
— Suspected and confirmed EVD patients who have been identified and reported to public health authorities.
— Isolation, quarantine and exposure reports.
— Supplies and logistical challenges.
— Personnel status, and policy decisions on contingency plans and staffing.
The checklist has been distributed to major hospitals and even little ones, including an urgent center in Leesburg, Va.
“Every hospital should ensure that it can detect a patient with Ebola, protect healthcare workers so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion,” warns the CDC.
“While we are not aware of any domestic Ebola Virus Disease cases (other than two American citizens who were medically evacuated to the United States), now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and present to facilities,” it adds.
Ebola is one of the world's most deadly viruses, it's got a 90% mortality rate, there is no known cure and it's currently spreading beyond what experts had previously expected. There's been more than 4,200 deaths and the World Health Organization states that cases are rising far faster than they can manage them:
But what are the odds that Ebola can go airborne?
Every time a virus infects a new host is like throwing dice regarding mutations that can occur. Most mutations mean nothing, while others can make a virus airborne or at least more resistant to treatment.
The odds are not all that good that it will go airborne, however, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:
“The answer is always going to be ‘yes , it’s possible,’ but then people wind up in a panic. Practically speaking, it is not likely. I could never tell the New York Times editorial board that they’re wrong because it’s not impossible. But it’s very unusual for a virus to change how it’s transmitted,” states Dr. Fauci.
However, there does seem to be a case back in the 80's where Ebola did go airborne, according to a program televised in the 90's and shown by Infowars in the video below:
Of course, things like people escaping quarantine and running through the market before being detained by medical professionals, as shown in the video, doesn't help matters: