Am I concerned, sure, will it change my travel plans, no, well maybe, I have made no immediate plans to return to Africa…at least not for awhile but I will return. It is an amazing continent.
Being a nurse I know it is not airborne but I am one of those people you see on a plane wiping down the tray tables, arm rests, ect., the flu is far more contagious. Are airports and airplanes cleaned thoroughly enough between flights, no. For those of us that fly frequently I often see flight attendants picking up trash between flights and I have never smelled bleach on a plane or in an airport.
Despite nurse's obsession with cleanliness the newest US patients are nurses.
We are a global society and it's about time we start acting like one. I hear a lot of people complaining that we need to restrict flights from Africa, at least temporarily, that is totally unrealistic. First of all most flights are not direct flights in to Africa and it is a really big continent. So are we going to stop flights from Europe also? And let’s not forget the flights that make their first stop in Canada, should we stop flights from Canada? The disease has a fairly long incubation, up to 21 days. So should we stop flights from Australia and Asia just in case someone flew from Africa there before flying to the US 2 ½ weeks later?
In most situations, until recently, emergency room personnel, first responders and primary care physicians fail to ask their patients whether they have been out of the country recently when they are feeling ill. I am required to take yearly competency testing on things such as testing a patient's blood sugar, yet I have never received any instructions on screening a patient for Ebola until the Cleveland Ebola scare broke on our local TV news. Do I feel as a society or as the medical profession are we prepared, no. Ironically my PCP always asked me "when did you leave the country last?" And "Where were you?"
Instead of complaining about restricting world travel we, meaning the entire world need to focus more on controlling infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, AIDS and Ebola. Unfortunately these diseases and also Malaria are very prevalent in Africa and remember, more people die of AIDS and Malaria than of Ebola.