Famous British television host and media celebrity, Piers Morgan, has accused the Barack Obama led US government of being economical with the truth concerning the real circumstances surrounding the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
In a column published by MailOnline on Tuesday, Morgan said there is something the government is hiding about “The hideous Ebola genie” which is “ferociously out of the bottle.”
Read the column below.
Title: The CDC say we need to ‘rethink’ Ebola. No s*** Sherlock. But what ELSE aren’t they telling us? What are we NOT being told about Ebola?
How is it that so many health workers around the world are now going down with this lethal virus?
Why should we continue to trust the official ‘protocols’ laid down for dealing with Ebola when there are so many apparent ‘breaches’?
These are three very serious questions that need to be answered very quickly.
The World Health Organisation warned today there could be an explosion in the spread of Ebola in the next month, with as many as 10,000 new victims a week.
Even more worryingly, the death rate of those infected has now risen to 70%.
But it’s the situation with the health workers that must be causing greatest immediate concern.
A United Nations care worker died in Germany after flying in from Liberia.
A WHO care worker from Uganda is still receiving treatment in Frankfurt after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.
A nurse who treated victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas has also contracted Ebola.
Another nurse in Madrid is fighting for her life after she too came into contact with an Ebola patient.
CDC chief Dr Thomas Frieden now says we need to ‘rethink the way we address Ebola infection.’
No s***, Sherlock.
He announced this after instantly, and in my view disgracefully, accusing the Dallas nurse of ‘breaching protocol’ before he could have possibly known all the facts.
Dr Frieden is the man in charge of America’s response to Ebola.
Yet he seems to be changing his own rules of engagement as he goes, while blaming anyone but himself for the dreadful handling of the crisis so far.
Only now are we seeing extra screening installed at American airports.
Why was that not done months ago for all flights from West Africa when the epidemic began to take a hold?
He’s had months to prepare for a possible infection on United States soil.
Yet inexplicably, when it came there seemed to be no automatic process laid down for the CDC to be instantly informed of anyone presenting themselves at American hospitals with Ebola symptoms after flying in from affected countries.
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In an astonishing statistic, a survey of 1900 nurses by the National Nurses United union found that 76% said their hospital had not communicated ANY policy for the potential admission of patients infected by Ebola.
Again, I ask a simple question: why not?
Dr Frieden’s lax behaviour, though, almost pales by comparison to that of NBC’s chief medical correspondent Dr Nancy Snyderman.
It defies belief that amid all these developments, a major television network’s top doctor could be so casual about her own possible exposure to Ebola.
Dr Snyderman was one of seven people in an NBC crew told to cut off ALL human contact for 21 days as doctors treated their cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who was infected with Ebola during an NBC filming shoot in Liberia.
But she ignored the instruction and decided she just had to visit a restaurant in Hopewell Boro, New Jersey.
Nobody was going to stop Dr Synderman having her favourite soup, even if she possibly infected people with a deadly disease in the process.
As a result of her shamefully selfish behaviour, the whole NBC group has now been ordered into mandatory quarantine.
At which point, Dr Snyderman – displaying the same lack of personal responsibility and leadership as Dr Friedman – chucked her colleagues under the bus, saying: ‘While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed.’
She then added: ‘As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.’
As a ‘health professional’ Dr Snyderman should have damn well stayed inside and had zero contract with anyone else for 21 days.
That she didn’t shows a reckless disregard for the public safety of her fellow Americans.
This is not just an American problem, by any means.
Global reaction to Ebola so far has been as slow as it has been poor.
There seems to no collective strategy to tackle it and world leaders need to come together and be quick, bold and assertive.
The hideous Ebola genie is ferociously out of the bottle and if we don’t all wake up very, very quickly to its horrifying potential impact, then it will soon be too late.
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist, television host and former television talent competition judge currently working in the United States as Editor-at-Large of MailOnline.