Exactly as predicted, now that the horse is some distance down the road, the government officials paid to prepare for emergencies, after being caught in their usual pants-around-their-ankles condition, are busily trying to find a lock for the barn door, and assuring all and sundry that, “We’ve got this.”
But still we get the unicorn-farted happy gas from the Dutiful Minions:
At the White House Friday, federal officials sought to reassure the public that the nation’s health-care system was well-equipped to treat the virus and stop it from spreading.
“It’s very important to remind the American people that the United States has the most capable infrastructure and the best doctors in the world, bar none,” said Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. “The United States is prepared to deal with this crisis.”
Okay, yes we do have the best infrastructure and the best doctors in the world, bar none.
But unless we know how high that bar is, that’s like saying you have the world’s largest unicorn. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not as impressive if you find out it’ll fit in your shirt pocket, is it?
So let’s look at that infrastructure.
There are, in fact, a total of four medical isolation units in the entire United States, as we noted yesterday, that are capable of handling infected Ebola patients near endlessly.
Where are they, and what can they handle?
Emory University’s Serious Communicable Disease Unit is in Atlanta, GA. That’s where Brantly and Writebol were treated. It has three beds.
St. Patrick Hospital’s ICU Isolation Unit is in Missoula, MT. It has three beds.
The National Institute of Health’s Special Clinical Studies Unit is in Bethesda, MD. It has seven beds.
And the biggest, the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit is in Omaha, NE. It has ten beds.
3+3+7+10=23 beds, coast to coast.
So, for the entire country, all 316,100,000+ of us, we’re fully prepared to treat 23 Ebola patients at the same time.
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