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Talking Tuesday: Jetlagged On Ebola


I’m jetlagged from the trip to Korea, and I’m feeling a little silly. So I recorded this podcast with a lot of complaints over the craziness going on about Ebola. When an elected US Senator tells us that you can get Ebola at a cocktail party, you have to ask yourself two questions: What kind of cocktail parties does he attend? And exactly what science and virology book he read this from?

I don’t think he read anything about it, personally.

Anyway, listen to my rant. Or don’t. I won’t hold it against you if you don’t.

You can download it by clicking here, if you’re so inclined. I promise to get back on schedule next week, maybe.

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René F. Najera, DrPH

I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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  1. A couple of weeks ago at a family dinner my mother-in-law started to push the “Oh no! Ebola!” line. I told her repeatedly that there here in the USA there was a greater danger from influenza (at least she got her vaccine the previous week).

    Then she moved the goal posts saying that they sent US troops over there and they could be in danger. I told her that they were much more likely to catch a bullet than Ebola due to the social/political issues of the area.

    That is when she finally agreed there was a big difference between Africa and North America.

    That shows the issues with getting your medical news from the radio. Which I got an earful yesterday while on a walk with dear hubby. He was listening to a call in show where someone called in and asked about Vitamin C and Ebola. The doctor on the radio said that it may not be true, but he had read that Linus Pauling had cured sixty people from polio with Vitamin C. But interest waned due to the vaccine. Wait, what! Linus Pauling did not get into Vitamin C until the 1970s, almost two decades after the polio vaccine.

    But I had a nagging feeling I had seen something about it recently. And it was this September article from Orac. It was not Pauling, but Klenner who made that claim. Except he was kind of a quack and his evidence was thinner than nanocomposite thin film.


  2. My “standing line” is, “I checked the weather and heard/saw “Ebola!!!”.
    I then qualify it as, it’s not “catchy”, save if you let someone “juice” all over you. I then explain in painful detail of what bodily fluids are.
    Colorful metaphors are *quite* useful.
    To the point of, *long* after teaching a field sanitation class that was emphasizing water purification (petrification was the term I used in class, as all disliked the chlorine odor, which was 10% higher than pool water, to ensure no infections).
    I was discussing turbidity, turgidity and clarity and suggested seeing if it was clear, flowed like water and didn’t have sea monkeys in it.
    20 years later, I was approached by a student of that time and he thanked me for that color metaphor.

    Others have thanked me, via e-mail, for my lessons given in something noteworthy on this context. How to properly don and remove biosafety garments in a clinical environment. It’s something akin go the spectacular failure in Dallas, of late.
    After my own failures, I found that the creative usage of methylene blue worked quite well to demarcate a failure.
    It worked for me, it worked for my students.
    Interestingly enough, I was *not* an official instructor. I was pressed into an “additional duty, as assigned” in such situations.

    Well, I’m off to the land of nod. I have to swat down some insanity from management of variable shifts, where one could end up with four hours of sleep, vs a suggested shift that isn’t so operational.
    It shan’t be pretty.
    As I’ll be producing shift work studies that caused errors/fatalities and question the qualifications of the one suggesting such insanity. Especially after a massive error, courtesy of such shift errors generated within the past month.
    There are also some team underperformance issues I will try to address, without undermining the lead that is causing those issues.
    Education is far better than discipline, until willfulness is proved.
    Considering his value, I’ll advocate for education over replacement.


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