A commentator or two was attempting to take us to task for our supposed lack of knowledge concerning the Ebola plague hovering at the edge of national consciousness, asking where our degree was at, how we were less knowledgeable than assorted disease experts. As their comments contained nonsensical profanity, we flushed them. We're all for profanity, but profanity with a purpose is preferred.
In any event, the CDC released this info yesterday:
- 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."
So we guess that the unwashed masses were correct once again. As the AceofSpades website explains:
- ...the CDC has been deliberately misrepresenting the transmission pathway of ebola by stating, over and over and over again, that it was not an "airborne" pathogen.
That relies on a technical meaning of the word "airborne" which scientists understand but which the CDC has been counting on the public to be ignorant of. "Airborne," so used, means that a disease is capable of forming dry motes that can float about in the air.
Ebola can't do that. (Yet. We think.)
But most people hear "airborne" and think about the most likely pathway of transmission through the air -- a sneeze.
And ebola can be spread that way-- that method of contagion is called "droplet" transmission (as each particle of disease lives within a droplet of saliva or phlegm expelled from the carrier).
So once again, the CDC lies and Obama wants to import infected foreign nationals carrying this disease. Oh, and the Department of Defense declared that soldiers returning from the hot zones will be subject to a 21-day quarantine, even as Obama whines about quarantining health care workers for three weeks might discourage volunteerism. But hey, trust the government!