October 1st, 2014
11:15 PM ET

AC360 answers viewer questions about Ebola

There are so many questions and concerns about Ebola and what this first case in the U.S. really means. Viewers have been sending us questions on Facebook and Twitter. We got answers from Dr. Irwin Redlener, Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and David Quammen, author of "Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus."

You can watch part 2 of tonight's Q & A.

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  1. tlk22

    This nation still remains unprepared for handling ebola. As we remain highly arrogant in thinking we can handle this disease, we still lack the basics in preparation. In lieu of this lack of preparation, banning flights is the most sensible step. In today's technology, businesses are still able to communicate and operate. Limitations of flights for medical, supplies, foodstuffs, etc can still be ongoing, but personal travel should be banned in the interim. I have yet to see a cost base comparison on limiting personal travel vice all the measures we are placing/ have placed. All I hear is that countries will fall... a highly glib comment in the face of American safety.

    Hospitals are not prepared. They do not have the gear, the training, or the protocols. I am amazed that no one has brought up that hospitals (with guidance from the CDC) to establish reporting procedures for those who think they have ebola. A number should be called, the information evaluated, and the patient informed how they should report to the hospital. That patient should be immediately quarantined upon arrival. Patients should be placed into an isolated room to prevent possible infection of others.

    Most concerning is this virus is replicating exceedingly fast in Africa and even the WHO is concerned it could mutate to become airborne. Certain strains of ebola are airborne transmissible. What is this nation doing to ensure they are prepared in the event this mutation happens?

    Why isn't the government approaching this situation similar to a natural disaster and advising people on what they can do to protect themselves. This is a highly dangerous disease which can quickly overwhelm our system if an outbreak occurs. In a case of a hurricane, people are advised to stock water, food, identify shelter areas, etc. We have first aid kits, hurricane kits, etc. Why can't we do the same for ebola.. For instance, people could be advised to have adequate stock of cleaning supplies that kills virus', perhaps masks , gloves and non permeable clothes should someone in the household become sick. Call it the ebola emergency kit. This is not a panic response but a responsible prepared response. Help the nation help itself. As we are painfully learning, this is not just a medical issue; it's a national issue affecting all facets of society and industry.

    I highly recommend people read the HOT ZONE and google about airborne transmission to understand how vulnerable we are. Understanding prevents panic and enables people to do the right thing and be prepared should the circumstances exacerbate.

    October 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
  2. whbyrd13

    this guys logic is all wet. I don't understand it at all. You have to try and keep the virus in one geographical area or it will spread wold wide. Then we and other countries send specialists in to help the folks who are sick.

    October 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
  3. jaimiesiegle

    Reblogged this on Jaimie Siegle Writer/Editor and commented:
    I interviewed David Quammen (third talking head from the left) earlier this year following the success of his nonfiction book "Spillover." His book is now more relevant ever, and eerily predictive in light of these recent events.

    October 3, 2014 at 2:19 am |
  4. wethepeople78

    People arriving in the U.S. from African countries with ebola should be quarantined in a temporary facility, each of them in separate rooms. The military is perfectly capable of erecting such a facility within days.

    In the long-run it will be far cheaper than dealing with cases all over the country.

    In addition, it may have the added feature of discouraging travel from those countries to the U.S. until the epidemic is contained.

    October 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
  5. eneubig2014

    We have all these great Electronic records, shouldn't they alert the doctor that the record contains Liberia and that is an ebola area. I don't think our Electronic records are helping us in the way they should.

    Should hospitals be tested by having practice drills such as a actor entering the emergency room with ebola symptoms or travel history concerning for ebola exposure?

    October 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm |
  6. whatifdave

    We Americans can contain Ebola; after all, we were the first in flight, developed the vaccine, put a man on the moon, and developed the Internet, when we all work together!
    One idea can build upon another and more ideas can build on these two new concepts and on and on it goes. Just like how we Americans developed inventions as listed, we can stop this deadly disease. Fortunately we have this Internet where we can share and build upon ideas.
    Just to get the conversation started, the following are ideas for policy makers to consider. Most people have cell phones, ATM and credit cards. Can we trace using cell phone GPS, ATM and credit card databases of where people have been? Then contact all the people who were near the one infected at the time he was at, using cell phones tower transponders locations, ATM cards and credit card databases. For small kids, use the parents' cell phones location, school enrollment records and hospital databases to locate this younger crowd.
    As for aviation, instead of monitoring people once they have flown into the United States; use the disease containment protocol before they get on the plane to fly to the U.S. If it takes a few days for the disease to become transferable, they must wait out this time at the international temporary hospitals located at these airports. Then if cleared, they may board the plane bound to the U.S.
    These are just 2 ideas, and perhaps these thoughts will make you think to add to these concepts. When we Americans work together, we WILL stop this disease. So please major news outlets, created a national special report for us Americans to develop such a plan. Together we put a man on the moon. We can solve and stop this thing called Ebola as well.

    October 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm |

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