I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola. I have not yet found any information regarding how she contracted it though...was she also in direct contact with the original patient or did she contract it some other way, such as in a nurses' lounge or a washroom?
Either way, there were some very disturbing
errors in her conduct. It seems that she was smart enough to self
examine for symptoms, yet upon developing a slight fever, was NOT smart
enough to avoid air travel, exposing 130 pasengers on a flight from Ohio
to Texas to the possibility of contracting the virus, not to mention
the flight crew, who could soon be developing symptoms while away at
work almost anywhere in the world.
Only time will tell where this
is going to pop up next. In fact, after having passed away on Oct. 8th,
we may not have heard the end of people contracting the virus from him
until about Oct.29th, the 21 day possible incubation period. But now,
that time clock keeps resetting itself. The latest case means that we
won't know the extent of possible infections from her until Nov.3rd.
Every new case discovered resets the time clock to 3 weeks before we
know the extent of the consequences.
Now that we know for sure
that a patient was infectious while on board a commercial flight, I
think it is only a matter of time before we see a case here in Canada.
Now, I'm not trying to sound any alarms just yet, and hopefully I will
never have to use this space to report how many thousands of cases been
reported on home soil, but I do think that now is the time to review
your pandemic preparedness and plans.
With all the
crazy goings on in the world, It's easy to lose track of the dangers
that do come along on a regular basis. Right now, many of us have our
attention focused on other events, that October 30th, 2014 isn't even a
blip in our brains. What's that date all about you ask? That is the
day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York, New Jersey
area. Yes, that's right, we are still in Hurricane season, and as I
write this, the Canadian Hurricane Center (Ya, we have that) is tracking
a category 4 storm named Gonzales, which is set to affect the maritimes
sometime Saturday or Sunday.
While this particular storm is NOT
expected to hit landfall in a significant way like Sandy, it is a
reminder that we can't rule out Hurricanes as many of us are hurriedly
getting ready for the snow to fly.
Also, here we are in
the height of the fall harvest. As a matter of fact, instead of
writting this post, I myself should be busy processing and preserving
the 25lbs of cabbage, 50 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of beets, and untold
amounts of pumpkin and squash I have sitting in my cold room.
the next few days and weeks, many of us will be using up copious amounts
of salt, sugar, vinegar, and water in our canners and crocks, placing
roots and such in their winter storage cellars, and putting up every
last ounce of food that we can.
While we do all of this
and keep an eye out for all the bad things that the world has to offer
right now, don't forget that winter is coming, so get that car kit
winterized, plan for your snow tires to be changed, and get your
alternative heating ready to go!