Why your hospital may be unable to prevent spread of Ebola

If it was me in charge, I would be requesting anyone with flu like symptoms to go to one specific room, by a specific door and I would ask them to wait in their vehicles until called in. Call in one person at a time. Disinfect after each.
Easy to do with modern cell phone tech.
Waiting rooms are an artefact of days with inadequate communication – no need for them in today’s world.

Develop a really fast test for the virus – there is an Australian company in Brisbane with a fast lab on a chip system that works for influenza, and could be quickly adapted to ebola – very accurate technology – very low false positive rate.

Should be relatively simple to contain at reasonable cost.
Need robots for treatment – remote operated. One per patient would be optimal, one per six could work.

But the big thing is preventing spread – limiting contact of anyone with symptoms.
Isolation as far as that is possible.

[followed by]

Appreciate that many do not have cars. Neither of my children own cars or drive. And a lot of people do. It is not an absolute, and it is a mechanism that could substantially reduce the risk of transmission – not eliminate it, and substantially reduce.

Management of risk is what this is all about.

I can easily manage risk.
I have the stored food to stay home for 3 months.
I am extremely unusual in that.
Staying away from a golf course for 3 months I would find much more difficult (and I just did that, as a result of breaking my collarbone – so I know it is possible 😉 ).

[followed by]

Forbes article

This is another example of the risk that economic thinking poses to humanity.

There is no profit in curing this outbreak in Africa, but if we don’t then we are all at risk.
Once if gets past a point, it becomes very hard to control – we are close to that point.

This is a major risk.
It is most probably controllable at this stage.
Will we act fast enough?

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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