Commentary: CDC honesty?

“Honesty”


If you search for tenderness
It isn’t hard to find
You can have the love you need to live
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind
It always seems to be so hard to give

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you

-Billy Joel

This week, the CDC announced the first case of EBOLA disease in the U.S. The individual had returned to Dallas from Liberia where he evidently contracted it. In true CDC form, the spokespersons from the CDC are placating the public by insisting that the virus is not a cause of concern because the CDC knows how to contain it.

As those infected by Lyme disease (LD) are all too aware, the CDC’s willingness to be transparent and honest about the risk to the public is in itself a cause for concern. After all, it was only until recently that they informed the public that LD can be contracted throughout the lower 48 states, and the number of cases may be 10 times higher than reported due to misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, many doctors are still not on board with these findings and are still telling their patients that LD does not exist in their states.

So then, are we really to believe that all those people that came in contact with this Dallas man before he was quarantined, have not been infected. We can only hope.

The CDC is truly an amazing organization with an incredible number of highly intelligent professionals. But, until they start treating the public with honesty and being forthright, it discredits the entire organization.

Let’s hope some suicidal fundamentalist doesn’t decide to transport their intentionally infected self into an urban area.

Rob

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/health/airline-passenger-with-ebola-is-under-treatment-in-dallas.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

~ by Rob on October 1, 2014.

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