Incompetence. We saw it in action in 2005 in New Orleans. We know what it looks like.
Futility. We saw it in action in 2005 in New Orleans. We know what it looks like.
We see both now. Our only hope is that Ebola is not Katrina, just as New Orleans’ hope was that Katrina would not hit the city. It was coming, but it might not hit.
There is always hope. Don’t bet your life on it.
This story from The New York Daily News is in fact a disguised editorial. It is the best one I have seen so far. It indicates that there is incompetence at the top of the federal government. The public has sensed this for a long time. We saw it in 2005 in the Gulf Coast. We could not escape seeing it. The storm came and went. The incompetence stayed for months.
Today, a Congressional committee will bring in top officials to explain what they have done. My predictions: explanations will be offered. No one will resign. Nothing will be done. There will be more hearings after more bad news hits the media. Congress will continue to hold hearings on this until such time as Congressmen fear going into a closed room. At that point, Congress will adjourn.
See? There is always hope.
We are once again seeing Katrina-like incompetence first-hand. But the stakes are much higher. If Ebola hits us the way it has hit Liberia, then a lot of us will die. Whether or not it hits has little to do with the response of the U.S. government. The U.S. government is FEMA. We have seen much of this before. We hope we will not see it all again. But hope is about all we have.
Here is the official position. Protocols? We don’t need no stinking protocols!” Not enforceable ones, anyway. Suggestions. We need suggestions. These will change, as conditions change. “Have no fear. The CDC is here.”
Here is the first part of the article. All of it is worth reading. After you read it, ask yourself this: “Who’s in charge here?” The answer is clear: no one who knows what he’s doing.
The American health-care system’s failure to prepare for Ebola became even more terrifyingly evident with the revelation that a Dallas nurse traveled by air after treating a patient who ultimately died from the virus.
Amber Joy Vinson began running a fever the day after her flight, putting her on the edge of communicability when she crowded among fellow passengers. Tests later confirmed that she carried the lethal microbe.
Still struggling to get command of the country’s response to Ebola more than six months after the current outbreak started in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden was left to spell out a principle that should have been set weeks or months ago — and backed up with stringent enforcement.
“She should not have traveled, should not have been allowed to travel by virtue she was in an exposed group,” he said obviously.
Later on Wednesday, after cancelling a congressional campaign trip to Connecticut, President Obama said that the U.S. would become more aggressive in coordinating the national response to Ebola, including sending a CDC team to any hospital with a confirmed Ebola case.
But, by stopping short of issuing mandatory protocols, the President again fell back on the catch-as-catch-can system that produced such disastrous results in Dallas. He did so at the peril of health-care providers and the public — because trust that individual hospitals here, there and everywhere would perform superbly is decidedly misplaced.
Frieden acknowledged that he erred badly in assuming that virtually any hospital could stop the spread of Ebola by following proper protocols. Cluelessness about those protocols appears to remain widespread.
Neither Obama nor Frieden had the sense to issue directives with the firm, clear quality of standards sought by National Nurses United, representing thousands of nurses across the country.
(For the rest of the article, click the link.)