It’s even worse that we thought. Originally, we thought that Amber Vinson, the 2nd nurse who treated the late Liberian, Patient Zero, Thomas Duncan, violated the rules by flying. Now we learn that the CDC approved 2nd Ebola patient’s travel on a Frontier airlines flight on Monday, not that they have admitted that.
Didn’t the CDC head Dr. Frieden tell us today that her air travel was a–wait for it–“breach of protocol?” Yes, they did.
From CBS News:
In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said “somebody dropped the ball.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly.
Officials in the U.S. have been trying to calm fears over the Ebola crisis, but time and again events have overtaken their assurances.
In August, before the first U.S. infection, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said: “We’re confident that we have the facilities here to isolate patients, not only at the highly advanced ones like the one at Emory, but really at virtually every major hospital in the U.S.”
Dr. Frieden’s appearance before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations tomorrow should be another unintentional laugh riot.