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Ebola Transmitted in Hospital: Do Workers Need Respirators, Asks AAPS
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) suggested that the first Dallas nurse who became infected while caring for the index patient may have “breached protocol” by touching the outer, contaminated surface of her protective equipment. Now that a second worker is infected, spokesmen are noting that the protective equipment leaves the neck exposed. “But what if they got the disease by breathing?” asks the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The CDC website states categorically that you “can’t get Ebola through the air.” Larger particles in aerosols, as generated by a sneeze, travel only a few feet... read more
Protect Americans against Importation of Deadly Diseases Like Ebola, Says AAPS
Protect Americans against Importation of Deadly Diseases Like Ebola, Says AAPS
On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola epidemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that a widespread outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely because of our sophisticated medical and public health infrastructure. However, the system is only as strong as its weakest link, and violation of basic precautions has already necessitated the monitoring of 100 contacts of one patient in Dallas who entered by air from Liberia. Basic public health principles dictate that epidemics need to be contained at the... read more
Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
As CDC director Thomas Frieden said at one point, it was inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S. Now that it has, the CDC expresses confidence that it will be easily contained, but the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) warns against complacency. The Dallas patient presented to the emergency room at a prominent hospital several days before admission, and was sent home, AAPS notes, despite the fact that he arrived by air from a country suffering a raging epidemic. An advisory from the Arizona Health Alert Network that relates to this case states: “As transmission only occurs through... read more
Attack on Coal Will Not Save Lives, States AAPS
The Obama Administration’s attack on coal-fired electricity, through draconian “carbon” rules imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes bogus claims about lives to be saved, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The Administration is lumping together carbon dioxide—the basic building block of all living things and also a weak greenhouse gas—and soot. So is the American Lung Association, which also lumps “carbon pollution” with arsenic, lead, and mercury. The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the chorus, echoing the EPA’s claim that the new rules will avert 2,700 to 6,600 “premature deaths” and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma... read more
AAPS Lawsuit Challenging Rewriting of ObamaCare Heard in Chicago
AAPS Lawsuit Challenging Rewriting of ObamaCare Heard in Chicago
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard oral argument this morning in Chicago in AAPS v. Koskinen, a lawsuit brought against the Obama Administration's unilateral changes to ObamaCare. President Barack Obama, though the IRS, has imposed the Individual Mandate to compel millions of Americans to purchase health insurance. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly known as ObamaCare, was passed to protect employees of companies having 50 or more employees by compelling those corporations to provide affordable health insurance for their workers, states AAPS. Obama has waived the Employer Mandate for 2014, and... read more
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