Two days after Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan had been turned away by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, his family called 911. His symptoms were so severe that he was unable to travel by car to the Emergency Room and required an ambulance. Mesud Osmanovic, a fellow resident of the Ivy Apartments where Duncan lives with his family, told the media, “His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place.”
In light of the fact that the Ebola virus has ravaged West Africa and is so contagious that medical workers have thus far been unsuccessful at keeping it contained, one would expect an abundance of caution to be exercised by the workers tasked with cleaning the streets of Duncan’s vomit. The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids, such as vomit, so those who are knowingly coming into contact with such material should be completely covered in protective hazmat suits.
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Shockingly, the workers who arrived to pressure wash the area where Duncan vomited, did not don hazmat suits or anything of the sort. Apparently, they cleaned the mess in common street clothes, without even the sense to cover their mouths with protective masks. An image shot by a WFAA News chopper shows what infowars described as an “astounding lack of precaution.”
These individuals may have a death wish, but the large majority of Americans do not. By putting themselves in harm’s way, they are endangering us all. These workers are quite possibly infected with Ebola at this point, which as recent reports suggest, may have mutated and become airborne. If such is the case, they could have passed the virus on to any number of others since cleaning up Duncan’s vomit. Essentially, these workers have blood on their hands.
Are you amazed that the crews who cleaned up the Ebola victim’s vomit did not wear protective clothing? What consequences do you anticipate will come from this reckless move? Tell us in the comments section.