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CDC Now Clearly Admits Ebola Can Spread Through Sneezes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 am

I was going to make this an update to Dana’s Ebola post about the defiant nurse, but it’s important enough to deserve its own post, I think. The New York Post reports that the CDC has quietly changed its guidelines to specify that Ebola can spread through the air via droplets from a sneeze:

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.
“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.
Nass slammed the contradiction.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”

Here is the poster, which I have saved in .pdf form in case they try to delete it. Here are a couple of screenshots from it:

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It’s not clear to me that this is a change, as claimed by the expert, as I think that the CDC has previously said that Ebola can be transmitted through sneezing on someone. But this poster illustrates that what most people would call an “airborne” transmission (a sneeze) is something CDC defines as “droplet spread” — allowing them to continue to maintain that it does not travel through the air.

This is a rather . . . esoteric distinction for people who are repeatedly told Ebola does not spread through the air. After all, a sneeze travels through the air. Rather far, actually. According to MIT, in fact, sneezes can travel up to 20 feet in the air.

A novel study by MIT researchers shows that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized. . . . Smaller droplets (less than 50 µm diameter) can remain suspended in the cloud long enough for the cough to reach heights where ventilation systems can be contaminated (4–6 m).

Also, remember Dr. Craig Spencer? He’s the fella who the New York Times editorial board said was not symptomatic while gallivanting about the city, when the New York Times news pages said he was. Anyway, turns out he initially lied and claimed he had self-quarantined:

The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.

Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.

“He told the authorities that he self-quarantined. Detectives then reviewed his credit-card statement and MetroCard and found that he went over here, over there, up and down and all around,” a source said.

Spencer finally ’fessed up when a cop “got on the phone and had to relay questions to him through the Health Department,” a source said.

He’s reportedly in serious condition.

I can’t see why people are making such a big deal out of the government repeatedly and systematically understating the possible risks of transmission of a deadly disease.

Nurse Refuses To Remain In Voluntary Quarantine

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:12 am

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A health care worker under voluntary quarantine refuses to remain under voluntary quarantine? That’s never happened before, right?

After being granted permission to return to Maine from a controversial quarantine in New Jersey, a defiant Kaci Hickox does not “plan on sticking to the guidelines” and is “appalled” by the home quarantine policies “forced” on her. Ironically, it appears Maine officials will have to go to court to make sure that Hickox complies with Maine’s “voluntary” 21-day quarantine period. The quarantine applies to all health care workers who have treated Ebola patients:

“I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public,” she said, saying she’s in “perfectly good health.”

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew commented:

“We do not want to have to legally enforce in-home quarantine,” she said. “We’re confident that selfless health workers who were brave enough to care for Ebola patients in a foreign country will be willing to take reasonable steps to protect residents of their own country. However we are willing to pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for Mainers.”

And if you’re still struggling or confused about Ebola protocols and procedures, don’t worry, so is the president.


Houston Mayor Plays The Same-Sex Victim Card

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:50 am

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Infamous Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D), whose city recently subpoenaed all sermons related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) from local pastors, is making the news again. This time, she is blaming the Texas Department of Public Safety for preventing her daughter to take a driving test “because she has two moms”. Parker married her partner in California where same-sex marriage is recognized, unlike Texas, where she now resides. And that, of course, is what this is really about. How to smear Texas and its hopelessly out-of-date hostility to same-sex marriage.

Parker alleged that TDPS refused to accept her provided documentation and that she had to make three trips in order to satisfy the request and get approval:

In a released statement, TDPS Press Secretary Tom Vinger strongly disagreed with Parker’s accusations:

“All individuals applying for their first Texas driver license must provide a variety of documents to prove their identity, Social Security Number, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency. In this case, the adult applicant did not initially present sufficient documentation to prove residency. Once she provided the required documentation, she was able to complete the transaction. There is no indication that any delay in the process was related to same-sex marriage.

In spite of Vingar’s clear explanation of department policy which clarified the matter, Parker has offered no apology for her false accusation. Her last tweet on the matter:

On a side note, after word of Parker and the subpoenas for sermons spread, she found herself the recipient of 500 to 1,000 Bibles. If she opens one, she’ll find some pretty good instruction on how liars and those who make false accusation can find restoration.



Still The Love Of His Life

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:10 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Last week, a photo of an elderly man eating at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in California was posted online. Before him on the table was a photo of his deceased wife. According to the article, the elderly man always has at least one photo of her wherever he goes. He not only kisses “her” goodnight, but both her birthday and their anniversary are still celebrated as well.


The man, who has been captured eating at the fast food chain alongside photos of his late wife several times, told intrigued customers that he met his soul mate when they were both 17.

They dated briefly, before losing contact when he went off to war and her family moved away from California.

While he was serving for his country, the man constantly thought about the woman he loved and on his return to America, decided to look for her.

For the following ten years, he desperately searched for his love, refusing to date anyone else and answering claims that he was crazy with: ‘I am. Crazy in love.’

Finally, he visited a barber shop in California, where he discovered the barber’s daughter was, in fact, the woman he had spent so long searching for.

She, too, had spent the past decade searching for him, so he proposed and they wed. They then spent an amazing 55 years together.

Still crazy in love after all these years.


Whoa: Unmanned Rocket Explodes Seconds After Liftoff (Video)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:12 pm

It was taking supplies to the Space Station.

New York Times: Doctor in NYC Was Not Symptomatic; New York Times: Doctor in NYC Was Symptomatic

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

The New York Times editorial board lectures the rubes:

Lost in this grandstanding was one essential point. The danger to the public in New York in the case of Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, was close to nonexistent. Health experts are virtually unanimous in declaring that people infected with the virus do not become contagious until after they develop a fever or other symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or severe headaches, at which time they need to be hospitalized and taken out of circulation.

Health care workers like Dr. Spencer know that it is in their interest to ensure that — if symptoms do arise — they get care quickly to improve their chances of survival and to reduce the risk of infecting their friends and families. Dr. Spencer reported his temperature promptly when it was a low-grade fever of a 100.3 degrees and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center for isolation and treatment while his fiancée and two friends were put into voluntary isolation.

The New York Times (which is the very same paper in which the editorial board’s pompous sermonizing appears) from October 23:

Dr. Spencer, 33, had traveled on the A and L subway lines Wednesday night, visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, and then took a taxi back to Manhattan.

. . . .

Dr. Spencer began to feel sluggish on Tuesday but did not develop a fever until Thursday morning, he told the authorities. At 11 a.m., he found that he had a 100.3-degree temperature and alerted the staff of Doctors Without Borders, according to the official.

Sluggish, you say? What are the symptoms of Ebola, according to the CDC?

Symptoms of Ebola include

Severe headache
Muscle pain
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Last time I checked, sluggish means weak.

Let’s stop saying the doctor had no symptoms of Ebola while he was gallivanting about town, New York Times editors. Per your own paper’s reporting, it’s just not true.

Message To Bill Maher: Exercise Your First Amendment Rights And You Will Pay

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:06 am

[guest post by Dana]

Recently we saw Bill Maher in a heated debate with Ben Affleck over the religion of peace. Maher pulled no punches with Affleck as he voiced his opinion about Islam and violence. As a result, his invitation to give the keynote address at UC Berkeley’s mid-year commencement is up in the air, as 1,400 students have signed a petition requesting it be rescinded:

The protest was started by the group and is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition on campus, the paper reported.

“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” student senator Marium Navid told the newspaper. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”

“I can’t condone the university inviting a speaker that threatens the campus climate of our university,” [UC system student regent Sadia Saifuddin, who is Muslim] said in an email. “I believe there is a fundamental difference between free speech and hate speech, as well as a difference between Maher being allowed to express his views, and being given the honor of giving the keynote address sponsored by the university. And as the Student Regent, I don’t stand for any university-sponsored action that makes students feel unsafe and unwelcome, especially on such an important day as their commencement.”

President Obama’s “Surge” Will Harm The Black Community

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:24 am

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Speaking for himself, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has written President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus a letter warning them of the harm the anticipated “surge” of illegal immigrants will cause the black community:

“Granting work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants will devastate the black community, which is already struggling in the wake of the recession that began in 2007 and the subsequent years of malaise,” he explained.

“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,” Kirsanow added.

When one considers that unemployment rates for blacks is roughly double that of whites, Kirsanow is right to be alarmed.


The proposed executive order will also have a negative effect on young African-Americans at the outset of their working lives. Young, low-skilled workers are facing enormous difficulties in this economy,” Kirsanow wrote.

“Since 1986, we have seen that granting legal status to illegal immigrants, or even mere rumors that legal status will be granted, increases illegal immigration. Likewise, the evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants across our southern border is mostly attributable to your directive granting temporary legal status to people allegedly brought to the United States as children. This is unsurprising. When you incentivize bad behavior, you get more of it,” he wrote.

The black community’s growing disappointment in President Obama continues. And now with millions of illegal immigrants positioned to receive amnesty, the competition for low-skilled jobs will dramatically increase and cause further harm to an already struggling group of Americans. While Democrats are currently desperate for black voter support, that vote is certainly may not be a sure thing:



Hillary! Starts Walking It Back

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:32 pm

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Fresh off her most recent self-inflicted wound, Hillary! Rodham Clinton sought to walk back her comments made last week that suggested that businesses do not create jobs. Naturally, being a Democrat and a Clinton, Hillary! and her enablers tried to pass off the whole imbroglio as being a misunderstanding. Appearing at a campaign event for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), she complained that we had missed the context of her remarks:

So-called trickle-down economics has failed. I shorthanded this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.

To refresh our memories, here is her quote from the earlier event in Massachusetts supporting Martha Coakley, her party’s nominee for governor:

So, dear reader, it’s really your fault if you didn’t understand the full context of Hillary!’s remarks in Massachusetts. It is most certainly not a case where Hillary! was caught pandering to a far-left audience which probably hopes to replace her with their own local sweetheart Elizabeth Warren as the 2016 nominee for President. This is just another instance where perhaps she slightly misspoke or where maybe her statement just needed a little bit of clarification.

I’m no longer thinking that she is at all inevitable as the Democrat’s nominee in 2016. (I still disagree with some of you in that I think she will still run. She’s spent her whole life wanting to be President and this is almost literally her last chance. No turning back now.)


SNL: Mocking New Ebola Czar

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:30 pm

[guest post by Dana]

At this point in time, who isn’t?


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