Originally published April 9 2015
CNN covers up government plan to put Ebola patients in U.S. hotels
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has long since disappeared from the radars of the world's news media, with coverage falling off dramatically from its peak last year.
That is especially true in the United States, but that coverage could soon change if a policy being pursued by the federal government's premier health agency backfires. And as of right now, one mainstream news channel - CNN - may actually be covering up some important details.
According to The Organic Prepper web site, several American healthcare workers who were either exposed or "potentially" exposed to the Ebola virus have been brought back to the United States for treatment. One who was positively diagnosed with the disease was taken to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
But what about the others who were "potentially exposed?" The Organic Prepper's Daisy Luther notes that CNN initially ran a story claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was in charge of a plan to house the potentially infected in hotels, not hospitals.
Changing the storyWithin days, however, CNN changed its story, dropping any reference to the CDC hotel connection. It now says that the potentially infected are merely being "housed" near key medical facilities:
Four of the clinicians arrived Saturday to housing on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, according to spokesman Taylor Wilson. The workers have voluntarily agreed not to leave their housing.
"They will be monitored so they'll stay there," Wilson said.
Another aid worker was flown to Atlanta over the weekend and is being housed near Emory University Hospital, and three more workers are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta on Monday, according to Nancy Nydam, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health.
As in Nebraska, the workers in Georgia must stay in their housing for 21 days after the date of their exposure to Ebola.
Risky businessThe report stated further that health care workers monitoring the "housed" will contact them via Skype or face to face.
However, as Luther notes on her site, the original report went like this:
(The) CDC and the State Department are facilitating the return of additional American citizens who had potential exposure to the index patient or exposures similar to those that resulted in the infection of the index patient," the CDC said in a written statement. ...
Four people who had "more exposure than the others" to the patient with Ebola will isolate themselves in housing on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said Nebraska Medicine spokesman Taylor Wilson. They arrived on the medical campus Saturday evening...
The other six are scheduled to fly into Washington on Sunday to go to the NIH, and into Atlanta on Monday to go to Emory...
Skinner said the Americans coming home will stay at hotels and other housing near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
What sane person would house someone who may have been infected with Ebola in a hotel? What happens if one or more of these persons actually are infected? How will the hotel room be cleaned? How can the public be certain it will be cleaned properly? And who to ensure that hospital staff aren't infected as well?
Luther said she should have taken a screen shot of the original CNN report mentioning the hotels but didn't. However, through research she found two additional news web sites that mentioned the hotels; they are here and here.
More than 10,000 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak, by far most of them in West Africa. The U.S. has only seen a few cases but continuing to pursue policies that bring more potential exposure to Americans is risky.
Update: The American taken to the NIH for treatment was downgraded to critical condition March 16. That report is here.
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