Think about this.
Someone who has Ebola and doesn’t know it, gets on a plane.
In one fell swoop that person potentially exposes or infects hundreds of unsuspecting passengers.
Those people go on to potentially expose or infect hundreds of other people, and so on, and so on, and so on.
But the first part of this scenario has happened.
A Texas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died in her hospital, flew from Dallas to Cleveland and then back to Dallas with a 99.5 degree body temperature.
The head of the CDC says because she had treated Duncan and because of her fever the nurse should have known better.
However, CNN is reporting that the 29-year old nurse, Amber Vinson, the second nurse in the U.S. to test positive for Ebola, did tell the CDC about her temperature and they gave her the ok to fly.
Their threshold is a temperature of 100.4 degrees.
Most likely that will change now that at least 132 people were possibly put at risk.
The CDC says in an abundance of caution they are contacting everyone on the flight to check on their conditions, including an elementary school student who went to school for two days after being on the plane.
All the parents at his school were notified.
It is unclear whether he’ll have to self-quarantine.
Frontier Airlines says after hearing from the CDC the plane was taken out of service and cleaned twice but is now back in the air.
Because medical experts believe that Ebola is not spread through the air, they don’t think the passengers on the plane were in imminent danger of being infected.
But it is glaring to me that when nurse Vinson was transferred from Dallas to Emory Hospital in Atlanta last night for treatment, the people who handled her wore full protective gear, and she did not fly commercial.
The CDC is trying everything it can to keep people from panicking.
Yet the more they try the more it appears to backfire.