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September 20, 2014

Ebola's Not Airborne So Don't Worry Be Happy


We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks.
The minimum level of protection in high-risk settings should be a respirator with an assigned protection factor greater than 10. A powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with a hood or helmet offers many advantages over an N95 filtering facepiece or similar respirator, being more protective, comfortable, and cost-effective in the long run.
COMMENTARY: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola | CIDRAP

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 20, 2014 8:30 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The optimum protection will be twenty thousand feet with the firebombs descending. D10 Cats and flamethrowers will do the rest.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2014 11:13 PM

You wish.

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 21, 2014 9:26 AM

Nice suit. Of course, you're gonna' need one of our $2,500 "portable" air pumps, with the $200 "medical quality" intake filter option for every two of those.
Now, our CORDLESS version, with the $600 replaceable battery packs.....

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 21, 2014 3:51 PM

Positive air pressure isn't always your friend.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 21, 2014 7:40 PM

That's why I propose such draconian and insensitive remedies: identify, isolate, kill, burn. Simplistic but imminently feasible given the primitive conditions and low genetic makeup. Not racist - just the facts, sir.

The logistics support this strategy. Isolated and easily cordoned off, far enough from civilization that travel can be monitored and interrupted. But oh, no, no press and no money changing hands, greasing wheels and whatnot. I bet there are some killings, out in the boonies where the sun don't shine, but not enough. The rationale is, collateral damage minimal and benefits for the greater good. I guess my Kraut mindset shows, uh?

This plays better: Uncle Sam the Samaritan Man. We have landed a couple thousand troops and wheelbarrows full of equipment and bales of money in, where, Liberia? Just think, donuts and coffee from the Red Cross and ten percent error rate. We're doomed, doomed I tell ya.

The easy course is to go save those ignorant wretches from Ebola. It's a feminine impulse. It'll get us killed.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2014 1:24 AM

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