by Ethan A. Huff, Natural News:
The mouthpiece of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, thinks Americans should calm down about the whole Ebola outbreak and just trust the government. In the event of more Ebola cases, he recently stated, the CDC is now considering simply shipping patients off to one of the four facilities in the U.S. equipped with Ebola-ready isolation units.
Except that these four units have a combined total of just 19 available beds suited for Ebola patients — this is out of 5,700 total hospitals in the U.S. with hundreds of thousands of conventional beds. Frieden’s announcement was reported by The Washington Post, which regarded it as a solution to the problem of more Ebola cases arriving on American soil.
Three of the hospitals — the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hospital in Bethesda, Maryland; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha — have all previously treated confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola. Only St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, has yet to see an Ebola patient.