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Everyone I have talked to agrees we need to shutdown all flights out of the infected countries yesterday. A new announcement today states that British Airways and Arab Emirates stopped flights weeks ago. FAA started screening at New York JFK on Sat

Everyone I have talked to agrees we need to shutdown all flights out of the infected countries yesterday. A new announcement today states that British Airways and Arab Emirates stopped flights weeks ago. FAA started screening at New York JFK on Sat

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Gordon commented on Doffing Support

Good idea. Have a plexiglass panel, cut holes to insert the gloves and add hinges so it could replace a door into the room. The plexiglass is easy to work with and able to adapt to what ever structure the walls may be. Or it could be a large plexiglas tube with door that a Human can fit into to do the doffing or removal of those in PPE.

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Gordon commented on Shut down airlines out of the infected countries now.

Reference article to airport screening and request for aid by CDC...
Update: CDC canceled its request for information two hours after this story posted. CDC was contacted before this story posted and declined to comment.

The government is considering hiring more doctors and nurses to expand its Ebola screening programs at major U.S. and West African airports, according to documents posted Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC last week added “new layers of entry screening” at the five U.S. airports that receive 94 percent of travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries hit hardest by the deadly virus.

By Monday, more than 90 passengers had been flagged at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, the first to start the program on Saturday. This week, the screening program was set to start at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O'Hare, and Atlanta international airports.

The sources-sought notice posted Tuesday said additional screeners and contact tracers might deploy overseas or work at domestic airports.

"This would need to cover all major airports in the United States and perhaps some airports overseas,” the notice said.

It also called for managers and logistics specialists, as well as transportation specialists with communications skills and good customer service.

The transportation job would involve “complicated commercial travel actions” to deploy supplies and emergency personnel, the document said.

“Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people, especially in times of emergency,” the notice continued. “Transportation specialists at the operations level may be required to administer customer service, especially if the position involves transporting or working with the public.”

Companies capable of doing these jobs in the United States and in West Africa are asked to submit within two weeks their qualifications -- including expertise and formal training -- and to list completed projects of a similar nature.

...here is some more info on what is being done...
Clinicians, governments and humanitarian organizations fighting the Ebola virus can tap into online resources that range from clinical guidelines for health care workers to websites that crunch, map and display data on the spread of the disease in West Africa.

The outbreak has claimed about 3,865 lives, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, a WHO official said at a press conference in Geneva today.

ReliefWeb, which went into operation in 1996, stands out as the largest humanitarian information portal in the world, covering disasters worldwide. It offers a wealth of information on the Ebola crisis and the international response.

Operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, ReliefWeb gathers information from 4,000 sources filtered by an editorial team working in three time zones. The West Africa section focuses on Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, with daily country-by-country updates on the spread of the disease and regional response plans.

WHO, meanwhile, has set up a top-level Ebola portal, which offers a broad view of the disease, its spread and steps needed to counteract it.

Mapping Ebola

Web mapping and data analysis sites are also helping fine-tune information about the spread of Ebola.

Health Map an Internet-based global infectious disease intelligence site, graphically displays West Africa Ebola cases in a timeline going back to the start of the outbreak. The site also projects its future spread.

Founded by John Brownstein, a Harvard professor and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, Health Map is used by over 1 million people a year, including experts from WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Humanitarian Open Street Map, a U.S. based nonprofit, said it was asked by Doctors Without Borders – whose clinicians work all over West Africa – to apply geographical information system techniques to epidemiology management.

Over the past six months, Humanitarian Open Street Map said it has mapped 8 million objects; more than 90,000 kilometers of roads; 650,000 buildings; and 20,000 place names in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

ReliefWeb first launched the Humanitarian Data Exchange portal in February to collect data from disaster response organizations and pool it in a database that can be compared across countries and crises. Ebola datasets posted online by the Humanitarian Data Exchange display information on the number of cases reported in West Africa, deaths by gender, locations of treatment centers and the organizations that have responded to the crisis.

Logistics for UN and nongovernmental organizations is handled by a UN Logistics Cl

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Gordon commented on Shut down airlines out of the infected countries now.

Here is a bunch of info on my comment about wearing face masks on an airplane to stop germs....
Facemasks
A facemask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. Facemasks may be labeled as surgical, laser, isolation, dental or medical procedure masks. They may come with or without a face shield.

Facemasks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the facemask and how well the facemask protects you.

If worn properly, a facemask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria) from reaching your mouth and nose. Facemasks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

While a facemask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a facemask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes or certain medical procedures. Facemasks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the facemask and your face.

Facemasks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the facemask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used mask.




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N95 Respirators for Use by the Public
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. In addition to blocking splashes, sprays and large droplets, the respirator is also designed to prevent the wearer from breathing in very small particles that may be in the air.

To work as expected, an N95 respirator requires a proper fit to your face. Generally, to check for proper fit, you should put on your respirator and adjust the straps so that the respirator fits tight but comfortably to your face. For information on proper fit, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95% of very small test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.

N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.

People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make it harder to breathe should check with their healthcare provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can require more effort to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up.

ALL FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single use", disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator.

FDA has cleared the following N95 respirators for use by the general public in public health medical emergencies:

•3M™ Particulate Respirator 8670F
•3M™ Particulate Respirator 8612F
•Pasture Tm F550G Respirator
•Pasture Tm A520G Respirator
These devices are labeled "NOT for occupational use.”




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N95 Respirators in Industrial and Healthcare Settings
Most N95 respirators are manufactured for use in construction and other industrial type jobs that expose workers to dust and small particles. These respirators are evaluated for effectiveness by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These are labeled "For occupational use.”

N95 respirators cleared by FDA for use in the healthcare setting are called surgical N95 respirators. These devices meet some of the same performance standards as surgical face masks and are also NIOSH certified to meet the N95 respirator performance requirements.




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Additional Information
For more information go to www.flu.gov