Monday, October 27, 2014

"Ebola in America" is a second Town Hall from News Channel 8


Tonight, Monday Oct. 27, 2014, WJLA7 News Channel 8 (Washington DC)  hosted  a second Town Hall, “Your Voice, Your Future: Ebola in America.”  This time, there was no live audience, and all questions came from twitter or Skype video.  The broadcast started with a recap of the news today, with an emphasis on the partial relaxing of the “quarantine” of health care workers returning from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and the release by New Jersey authorities of nurse Kaci Hickox.
  
The panel comprised the following:  Scott Betzelos, MD at InNOVA Fairfax, Rajani Ward (nurse, Medstar Washington Hospital Center), Gerry Connolly (D, VA 11th District rep), Ben Carson (neurosurgeon in Seattle). Scott Thuman moderated. There was an additional appearance by Joxel Garcia of the DC Health Department.  The best link so far seems to be this. WJLA will probably provide a complete video soon. 

Ward said that 85% of nurses in the country say they are not prepared.
   
A University of Oklahoma student asked what happens if there is an outbreak on a campus. But the panel responded that an “outbreak” in a small geographical area of secondary transmission within the United States was extremely unlikely.



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