How dangerous is this current Ebola outbreak in Western Africa? It seems as though it is inevitable that at some point someone infected with the virus will end up traveling to the United States from West Africa. Hospitals around the country are preparing for this incident by purchasing proper garmets in order for medical workers to wear. The curious thing is that the C.D.C. has said that health care workers need only wear protective masks and gloves. However, hospitals are prepping to outfit workers in much more protection, akin to the “moon suits” that have been visible in news reports and photos from Africa, and what health care workers there are wearing. Vomiting is one of the main concerns, as it isn’t always apparent when it’s going to happen, and vomit can spread the disease.
Although Ebola is not easily spread, it is still a highly contagious disease:
The protocol for hospital workers is to identify anyone who complains of severe flu-like symptoms and has recently visited West Africa. Those individuals would immediately be placed in an isolation unit. But county health officials’ stress, Ebola, in particular, is not easily transmitted.
“You have to be exposed to blood or vomit on you or your eyes, it isn’t just coughing. You cannot pass it to someone from coughing on them,” Ballon-Landa said.
Hospitals around the country are working hard to stay on top of the progression of the virus, and are also preparing to quarantine patients who are complaining of severe flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to West Africa.
Tracking the virus via computers is easy, and hospitals are often having staff monitor the news closely in order to remain on top of any breaking stories. Some local hospitals have even called in tech crews to create special breaking news hubs, and have refurbished a lot of computers in order to create these and save hospitals money at the same time.
Hospital computer systems are notoriously out of date as it becomes expensive to replace them on a consistent basis. That is why tech support teams have been hired to keep these systems as up to date as possible and provide adequate security measures such as virus protection and antispyware software. Other tech services are often employed in order to monitor hospital networks for suspicious activity, as it has been recently reported that someone hacked a hospital network in order to transmit fake prescriptions to local pharmacies.