If science articles are off-topic, maybe we shouldn’t have a Science tag?
My initial reading of this was: “christ, it’s been demonstrated to be airborne?”
That’s an interesting topic: if you read things published by CDC virologists it’s always “not a chance” but the USAMRIID virologists aren’t so sure.
Glad to hear I mis parsed the title so badly. Airborne Ebola would be a very bad thing indeed.
if you read things published by CDC virologists it’s always “not a chance” but the USAMRIID virologists aren’t so sure
Is this a case of politics (fear) overriding study data?
I think this is off topic for lobsters.
When I traveled into Malaysia they had a thermal infrared camera pointed at the crowd looking for people with fever. This should be at every point of entry.
For EBOV that would have very low specificity. You’d end up quarantining people that had colds. It might work if you limited it to people that were in the epidemic area.
The good thing about EBOV is that it poses a lower risk of a major epidemic because it requires close contact with infected people. Bad for medical staff, bad for people without access to medicine or a distrust of the medical system, bad for people whose death rituals involve lots of contact… but less risky for the overall world.
Which they did in Malaysia. I don’t think this is a bad thing. Put people up in a hotel, give them HBO and room service.
Yeah, makes sense. I’d imagine a targeted approach like that would be useful for yellow fever/influenza/other nasty bug monitoring as well.
looks like we’re going to come up with something like the old “quarantine islands” for travelers.
The thermal cameras are pretty common in east and southeast Asian airports when something is going around. They were well trained by SARS. When H1N1 was going around in 2009, there were thermal cameras in at least Narita, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and various Chinese airports.
Given the population densities involved in some of the region, they have to be very wary of something spreading too fast and out of control.
Just because you have a high temperature does not mean you have a contagious disease. What if you just finished a strenuous run? Or if you happen to have a higher body temperature than most people? Those undergoing chemo sometimes have fevers because of the treatment, not because of a contagious disease.
It’s been known for decades Ebola can spread by air travel. All this title does is scare the fuck out of everyone thinking it’s gone airborne, which it hasn’t. I get why CNN has to do all of the fearmongering but I really expected more out of the AP.
And we all thought that it would be Zombies…