Saturday, August 30, 2014
Editor's Note: I am taking time off to be with family over the next week. Posting will resume on September 9 at the latest and comment moderation may be delayed more than usual until then. Have a great Labor Day!
Exactly How Dangerous Is Ebola?
Scott Holleran interviews Amesh Adalja of the Center for Health Security of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on the subject of the threat to Americans posed by the Ebola virus:
I have very little concern that Ebola will be able to spread in a modern, industrial country like the U.S. chiefly because of the way it spreads. You really have to work to become infected--it's not like measles--and you have to be in very close contact while not wearing personal, protective equipment like gowns, gloves and masks. In a U.S. setting, a patient with Ebola would be placed under protection and we wouldn't expect it to spread. We've had eight importations, such as lassa fever, another viral hemorrhagic fever spread in the same manner as Ebola, and the Marburg [virus] is in the same family as Ebola--and we've had no secondary spread. [bold added]Read the whole thing.
"[F]or most people, fear of flying raises issues of control." -- Michael Hurd, in "Let Go and Live" at The Delaware Wave
"Notice I'm not saying that you shouldn't control other people. I'm saying that you can't." -- Michael Hurd , in "The Joys and Hazards of a Love Relationship" at The Delaware Coast Press
"Is it better for doctors to ask your permission first -- or seek your relatives' forgiveness afterwards?" -- Paul Hsieh, in "UK To Experiment on Cardiac Arrest Patients Without Their Consent" at Forbes
My Two Cents
The Hsieh article is particularly disturbing, given that some "libertarian paternalists" have already floated the very similar idea of making such things as organ donation "opt-out" in America.
The Infernal Midnight of the Cluttered Mind
Weird Al Yankovic does a great send-up of mindless jargon.