G.H. Reynolds: God help us

In reverse order: ISIL is winning in Iraq, and we are losing. Airstrikes — quite modest ones compared to those unleashed against Saddam Hussein’s armies over a decade ago — aren’t doing the job, and the Defense Department doesn’t seem to be able to round up enough (any?) of those much-touted “moderate” Syrian rebels to form a serious opposition force. The Kurds are stressed, and we’re not getting them enough supplies. Meanwhile, the Kurds’ long-term enemies, the Turks — Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States — are actually bombing the Kurds rather than ISIL.

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via God help us: Column.

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Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses’ union.

Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United.

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US hospitals are prepared for Ebola, experts say (That will not matter)

With the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. earlier this week, questions have been raised as to the preparedness of the country’s hospitals — but infectious disease specialists say facilities are ready.

“There are measures that are recommended for Ebola that are also part of routine hospital measures that they use for other diseases that are more common, like tuberculosis, hepatitis, measles,” Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chief of communicable disease epidemiology & immunization of public health in Seattle and King County, Washington, told FoxNews.com. “The precautions, facilities, processes and procedures are already routinely used for other diseases and monitored in that context.”

This assumes that every single infected person is in a ‘prepared’ hospital when they become infectious.   As in the case of the original Patient Zero (Dallas) this person vomited outside the family house he was visiting.

If this get loose, there will people infectious outside of ‘prepared’ hospitals.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/03/us-hospitals-are-prepared-for-ebola-experts-say/