UPDATE: Shannon Watts joins in the idiocy..
Every day brings more details about the first case of the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the U.S. And while experts say there is essentially no risk of a significant outbreak here in the states, much of the public remains worried…..
If only there was someone around who could educate the American public about the actual level of risk. Someone who was trusted as a public health expert and whose job it was to help us understand what we really need to worry about and what precautions we should take.
Actually, that is one of the primary responsibilities of the United States surgeon general. There’s just one problem: Thanks to Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don’t have a surgeon general right now. In fact, we haven’t had a surgeon general for more than a year now — even though the president nominated the eminently qualified Dr. Vivek Murthy back in November 2013.
The Surgeon General is pretty much some dude that tells you what to eat, not to eat and to wear your seat-belts. It is a political position rather than a hands-on medical post. And if that was not enough, Dr. Murthy is an Internist which means he is sort of designated hitter in the medical profession.
If there is an outbreak, the government entity in charge will be the Center for Diseases Control with the support of U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) which are the entities they are supposed to be trained in these kind of things.
Depending on the Surgeon General for an Ebola outbreak would be like taking an accident victim to the local Social Security office instead of the ER.