After the New York Governor said they are ready for Ebola and that they have learned so much from the Dallas debacle, two police officers are spotted dumping their gloves, masks and protective gear from the Ebola-infected doctor’s apartment scene in a street corner garbage can. This is literally throwing caution to the wind and contradictory of the assurance conveyed that first responders are trained and ready to go in the face of Ebola.
According to The Blaze on Oct. 24, the cops sent to the Ebola patient’s apartment to assist were spotted tossing their protective gear into a public garbage can. With the public now focused on the doctor’s Harlem apartment, pictures of this mistake were taken and have gone viral today. This isn’t doing much for reassuring the public that the NYC first responders are trained and ready.
The police stripping off their protective gear and tossing them into a public trash receptacle on a NYC street corner after working at the inspection scene of the Ebola-doctor’s apartment was caught in pictures and disturbing to see. According to The Huffington Post on Oct. 24, at least two police officers discarded their protective gear in a street corner garbage can near Dr. Craig Spencer’s apartment, the man identified as NYC’s first Ebola patient.
According to Mail Online today, the police sealed off the entire block in front of the doctor’s apartment building and these officers may have not been in the apartment, but guarding the area around the potentially infected area. This casual discarding of their protective gear has raised eyebrows today.
Social media is having a field day after seeing pictures of the two cops dumping potential Ebola tainted garb into a street corner garbage can like the one above. “Oh wow can it get anymore comical? Let’s not dispose of our gloves & mask in a public street trash can! #Ebola #NYC, “ posts Steen Selvejer to Twitter. This tweet is one of the nicer postings on the social media sites about this incident.
According to Fox News today, the hunt is on for all of the people who came in contact with the doctor while he was out and about in New York City. City officials maintain that the chances of catching Ebola from this doctor in the days before he was confirmed to have the disease are extremely low. They don’t want New Yorkers to panic, as the cities hospitals and responders are ready for any Ebola cases that pop-up.
New York City is a bit different than Dallas as people basically live and work on top of one another in the Big Apple. The close proximately to other people that goes along with being a NYC dweller has folks worried after hearing today that the doctor came off the plane from West Africa and right onto the streets of Manhattan.
The NYC doctor who was confirmed to have Ebola is causing a flood on confusion as to why he wasn’t quarantined when he stepped off the plane after caring for the Ebola patients in West Africa. He has been jogging, on the subway and bowling since coming back to his NYC home even though he admits to feeling “sluggish” for a few days before his fever materialized on Thursday morning. His girlfriend is also in quarantine today, as are two friends he spent time with just before the Ebola symptoms hit the 33-year-old emergency room doctor.
The Doctor without Borders member should have been quarantined by health officials once his screening at the airport revealed that he had cared for countless Ebola patients in West Africa. Reports today say the doctor cleared the “advanced Ebola screening” given at the airport once someone acknowledges that they have been in contact with someone who has Ebola. If nothing else Dr. Craig Spencer should have taken it upon himself to stay put at home until the incubation period for the disease had passed.
It was a brave and wonderful thing for the doctor to go to West Africa to care for patients there, but why would he just get off the plane and go about life as usual when back home after possible and now definite exposure to the Ebola disease? Caring for Ebola patients then coming home and possibly exposing the most populated city in the nation to Ebola doesn’t make much sense and doesn’t seem to fall under the umbrella of “prevention” of this disease, which the CDC adamantly states is the first line of defense. He didn’t break any protocol and he was free to move around the city as far as the CDC was concerned. So maybe it is the CDC protocol that needs some tweaking?