October 31, 2014 By Greg Campbell
When it comes to Ebola, it is important to not unnecessarily create a panic. However, it is even more important that citizens be armed with the proper information surrounding Ebola transmission and be apprised of the facts surrounding a potential outbreak of the deadly disease.
To that end, as the Obama Administration has worked to downplay fears of a possible outbreak, the truth is that viruses do hold the possibility of mutating and the method of transmission can change. While we are cautioned that Ebola is not spread through casual contact now, we must also be cautioned that Ebola can mutate and spread through other means.
However, the CDC has changed their website to reflect that there is “no evidence” that the Ebola Virus can spread through coughing or sneezing. On Friday, the CDC removed from their website a warning that, in rare cases, Ebola can spread through coughing and sneezing. They replaced the warning with a declaration that there is “no evidence” that the virus can be transmitted via these mediums.
The CDC has also removed a warning from a fact sheet that “droplets” from coughing and sneezing on doorknobs and hard surfaces can possibly spread the disease. “’Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the fact sheet read.
Although the removal of the warnings were likely meant to pacify an anxious population, the admission that there is “no evidence” hardly serves as a certifiable, ironclad declaration that one cannot become infected through casual contact with mucous or saliva.
Sen. Rand Paul, who is also a doctor, has called for the CDC to be extremely forthright in their candor with the American public regarding Ebola and the risks associated.
The Daily Mail reports:
Paul has pointed to similar statements from the CDC on numerous occasions as evidence that someone could in fact catch Ebola through the air if in close range of someone who has the virus at, say, a party.
If ‘you listen to them closely, they say you have to have direct contact. But you know how they define direct contact? Being within three feet of someone,’ he said on one recent occasion.
Given that information, the Kentucky senator has characterized the CDC’s claims that the deadly disease could only be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids and the virus does not travel through the air as misleading.
‘They have so wanted to downplay this that they really, I don’t think, have been very accurate in their description of the disease,’ Paul told Bloomberg News earlier this month.
Possibly in response to Paul’s claims, the CDC has now changed at least one page of it’s website to say, ‘there is no evidence indicating that Ebola virus is spread by coughing or sneezing.
‘Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola; the virus is not transmitted through the air (like measles virus).
‘However, droplets (e.g., splashes or sprays) of respiratory or other secretions from a person who is sick with Ebola could be infectious, and therefore certain precautions (called standard, contact, and droplet precautions) are recommended for use in healthcare settings to prevent the transmission of Ebola virus from patients sick with Ebola to healthcare personnel and other patients or family members.’
The anxiety felt by the public about Ebola comes from a variety of factors. Aside from the obvious lethality of the dreaded virus, the public has largely lost faith in the government’s ability to handle even the smallest crisis, much less a full-blown outbreak.
Further, as public trust in the Obama Administration plummets, more and more people are unwilling to believe “facts” to emerge from the federal government. Like a boy who cried wolf too many times, President Obama has been cagey and evasive on countless issues ranging from Obamacare promises to IRS intimidation to NSA surveillance on hundreds of millions of Americans. Having betrayed the public trust too many times, Obama very well may be above-board on what the CDC is doing to prevent an outbreak, but the public as a whole appears wary of the president who reveals too few truths to the people of the United States.
A Maine official said Friday that Kaci Hickox’s roommate while she helped Ebola patients in Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola, WAGM-TV reports.
“The respondent’s roommate in Africa became infected without knowing how she became infected with Ebola,” said Sheila Pinette with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adding that “any potential risk to respondent from that incident has passed.”
It’s also unclear exactly how Dallas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the only two people to become infected with Ebola within the U.S., contracted the disease.
Hickox worked as a nurse treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders and was the subject of a forced, three-day quarantine in New Jersey when she registered a slight fever when she returned to the U.S.
Maine officials have requested that Hickox quarantine herself at her home until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola is up on Nov. 10, but she’s refused to cooperate. A Maine judge rejected the state’s request for a court-ordered quarantine on Friday.
“The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola,” Judge Charles LaVerdiere wrote. “The court is fully aware that people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational.”
Hickox has been adamant that the quarantine request is not “based on science” and her former employer, Doctors Without Borders, has warned that the quarantines are “chilling” their efforts to keep volunteers coming to West Africa to help fight the Ebola crisis there.
But a vast majority of Americans support quarantines. A CBS News poll Wednesday found that 80 percent of Americans support quarantines for not only health care workers, but any travelers returning from West Africa.
Spirit of liberty alive in vast victim disarmament zone known as Chicago
The Ebola outbreak is causing the infectious spirit of liberty to spread. Activists exercised their rights by participating in the Infowars ‘Obola: Tyranny is the Disease’ contest, and by plastering posters across the country which link Obama to the Ebola outbreak.
One video entry, featuring a man putting posters up in Chicago while outfitted in a Hazmat suit and wearing an Obama mask, even earned national recognition after becoming a featured post on one of the most highly-trafficked sites on the web, Drudge Report.com:
On today’s show, Alex announced he would pick the winners for the contest during next week’s broadcast.
Journalist mysteriously stalked by unknown entity
Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has released shocking video allegedly showing a government entity deleting volumes of text from her computer screen as she worked to break news on the Benghazi investigation.
Video shot by the veteran investigative journalist in 2012 depicts how panels of text from her work were mysteriously highlighted and deleted by an unknown entity, suggesting her computer was hacked and she was under some form of surveillance.
In addition to showing how her cursor moved without any keyboard interaction, Attkisson also demonstrated how her word processor would not let her “save” her work.
“Earlier this week, she cited a renowned security expert who examined her computer and concluded that ‘a sophisticated entity…used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency’ to monitor her: ‘either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency,’ reports Mediaite.
Attkisson recently released a book entitled Stonewalled in which she breaks down “how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals,” according to Amazon, including “groundbreaking stories on the Fast and Furious gunwalking program, Obama’s green energy boondoggle, the unanswered questions about Benghazi, and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare,” Attkisson’s site states.
Given the fact that the Obama administration has charged more journalists with espionage than all other presidents combined since the passage of the 1917 Espionage Act, the attack on Attkisson’s First Amendment is unsurprising in today’s political climate.
The sophisticated digital intrusion is an excellent example of how a war is being waged on investigative journalists, and also shows how NSA malware planted in to computer systems can be leveraged by hackers.