Ebola or Flu? Prepare for a Fear Pandemic

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[image credit – Experience L!fe]

Fever, vomiting, &  diarrhea…

Have I contracted Ebola or do I have seasonal flu?  This is the question many American’s will be facing as we approach Flu season in the United states.

Make no mistake, Ebola is the top news story across America.  Throughout our states, people fear that Ebola will continue to spread due to the dysfunctional efforts of state and Federal agencies.  As such, vomiting and diarrhea will no longer be viewed as a typical “bug”.  Many American’s will probably panic and think they have caught the Ebola virus.  Are we about to see a Pandemic of Fear spread through our nation?

The Flu Season will start this October and peak in January and Februrary

CDC estimates that anywhere from 5-20% of American’s will be diagnosed with Flu.  What percentage of those infected will let fear consume them and cause them to think they have Ebola?  Will our hospitals become overwhelmed with patients wanting Ebola testing?  Will people completely shun or show hatred towards those that appear to be sweating with a fever and have vomiting?

Make no mistake that real cases of Ebola will likely continue to spread across the US and world.  Even if they numbers are low, they will be prominently displayed across the major news networks to keep the threat alive in many Americans’ minds.  My guess is that this will continue throughout winter and the peak of Flu season.

What do you think a typical American will think of their neighbor who is showing symptoms?

  • RoyG

    this is a good article and brings up a good point… Another issue will be how the hospitals will need to pre screen patients or will they? could it come down to mandatory quarantien if so where will they go when the hospital beds are full all 4 of them? the fear mongers in the MSM will be promoting the fedcoats line of fear to keep the people dissorganized and in a state of panic and for those people who never took the time to get to know their neighbors fear and panic will be rampant.. the heavy urban areas are in for an eye opener..

    • RoyG, very good point. Refer to my other article http://www.onpointpreparedness.net/what-is-ebola-screening-anyways/

      I talk about it’s a fine line between public safety and loss of liberty with regards to quarantine.

      The Ebola headlines are calming down a little at this point. It remains to be seen how this will all turn out…

    • missy

      Roy,
      I am a healthcare worker at a large hospital. Hospitals are currently screening patients who present with Ebola symptoms and if they meet the criteria, then they have a blood test. The initial test is relatively quick. Any patient who fits the criteria is also moved to an isolation area to limit unnecessary contact. So far I am very surprised at the lack of panicked patients arriving to the ER with Ebola concerns. Flu season is just beginning. This year I would recommend the flu vaccine to everyone who is able to get one(nobody with allergies,medical history,etc that prevent it.) This will decrease the spread of the flu,decrease false alarms of Ebola,and decrease the demand on medical facilities. I know vaccines are a whole other topic,however for this post, Ebola vs. Flu, lets keep it simple. I am confident in our healthcare providers but viruses are persistent aka “life finds a way,” so the basics always help. Wash your hands,cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze, do NOT go to work/school/store etc when sick or have a fever and of course be prepared in case you have to stay home for a period of time. In the meantime, stay watchful and stay informed.
      (As ALWAYS, anything I post,like,comment on,etc. Is my own PERSONAL opinion. I am NOT speaking on behalf of ANY hospital,medical facility, Dr., program,or medical field,regardless of my affiliations.)

      • Missy, help me understand so I have the correct info. I thought that only a handful (<14) labs in the US are capable of performing ebola blood tests due to its bio safety class 4 level. Is your hospital one of those qualified labs? http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/Ebola/47980

        • missy

          In my understanding (see my disclaimer from previous post) it is true that only those dedicated labs can test for and confirm the Ebola virus. But,according to the CDC website for healthcare workers routine lab work and blood draws can still be performed with precautions in regular labs. It is my understanding that EVD has some particular hallmarks (changes in cbc,electrolytes,minerals,etc.) that can be found in routine blood work that would then alert the facility to contact the cdc and forward blood to the designated labs for confirmation. This is why you get the initial news report of “suspected case” followed by the report of “confirmed or denied by CDC .” I know this is all confusing. We are all on a learning curve here and guidelines are being updated often. I hope this helps.

          • Thanks, Missy. Also as an FYI for everyone, I have an interview Dr. Joe Alton (Dr. Bones) author of The Survival Medicine Handbook on 10/28. I’ll be asking many of these same questions. Hopefully have the Youtube video posted the next day.

      • RoyG

        Missy thanks for your service in the industry.. i do have faith in our health care workers and facilities. my concerns are if the system gets overloaded if the EVD gets out of hand… Already im reading some hospitals are considering not taking EV patients no reasons were specified but he hospital in DFW turning into a ghost town im sure is a good one they are considering…
        the coming flu season is going to be a nightmare especially for people like you in the industry some how a balance/protocall will have to found that works but if the CDC or the feds/DHS gets involved theirs no telling where this can go…. that being said i believe the possibilities of the EV getting out of hand is small BUT the incompetence of the CDC so far and the inactions of the golfing n chief as far as im concerned isnt helping the confidence of the people…

  • RoyG, very good point. Refer to my other article http://www.onpointpreparedness.net/what-is-ebola-screening-anyways/

    I talk about it’s a fine line between public safety and loss of liberty with regards to quarantine.

    The Ebola headlines are calming down a little at this point. It remains to be seen how this will all turn out.