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Old 10-16-2014, 07:46 AM
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Hi fellow Okies,
I am on high alert right now after TX-OU weekend. With the daily travel to and from Dallas I-35 offers, I feel we have a strong possibility to see a case in central OK soon. Anyone else feel a little more nervous recently?
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I am really nervous. I have voiced pretty much these same concerns over in the Ebola US thread. You are exactly right, with I35 there, and the OU-TX game and the week before that OU-TCU, that is quite a few folks traveling to the DFW area. Also, the Texas State Fair was going on at the same time as the OU-TX game... How many people used those nasty porta-potties? Or just how unsanatary are all the rides. It really concerns me.

I knew the US would eventually get Ebola cases, I just really wasnt expecting the first ones to be in DFW. Just a little too close to home... Just ready for payday tomorrow to go get a few more supplies.
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I'm pretty much a hermit at home type these days but having lived and worked in the DFW vicinity I can understand your concern. Can't say I'm surprised it entered the U.S., just didn't expect it quite so close to home and while I cringed upon hearing this news I think the greatest threat isn't WHERE it showed up first but WHAT'S being done to eliminate it. This, imo, is the weak link or it would never have come into the U.S. to begin with. Human stupidity and/or carelessness is what will keep it going, so it stands to reason it's likely to spread further, regardless the size in population.
Am I worried about it? Right now I feel disgust at the lack of common sense being shown in dealing with this virus more than anything else. As for worry, no one is exempt, this being a virus that could pop up anywhere at anytime just because someone was ignorant enough to try and hide the fact or doesn't respect others and life enough to give either the consideration they deserve.
All anyone can really do, is try and lower their chances of being exposed...and pray it's quickly eliminated from our presence.
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Worried sick, I think I might even have a fever.
We should close the border with TX and quarantine anyone who has traveled from TX to OK in the last 30 days.
Seriously? I am a retired nurse. My BIL is currently a nurse in Dallas. His wife is a Dr there. They both work in the ER. We talk several times a week. Concerned? Yes. Nervous? NO
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If not the borders then at least the city/town perimeters of where the Ebola infected case resides, until it's known to be safe again.
The problem, as I see it, is that no one knows what each is or is not doing that might possibly keep it spreading.
Example:
They sent a hazmat team to clean the infected NY doctor's apartment but the a couple of guys with no protection go pick up unused hazardous waste barrels to remove them. Who's to say someone on the hazmat team didn't touch one or two of those barrels before these guys touched them? Follow what I'm saying? It's already been shown the hazmat suits are not 100% effective if the one wearing it has somehow breached protocol and the possibility of them touching something else when the suit might be contaminated is too great, no matter how well trained. Automatic response is human nature.
Example:
Hazmat suit on, taken off but contaminated gloves remaining, not yet removed. A sudden nose itch enters . Or maybe they lose their balance taking the suit off, have to brace themself, think they've cleaned off all they've touched but missed a spot, that kind of thing. Odds are, they aren't going to tell anyone because they don't want to suffer reprisal from others, so they wait to see if they beat the odds. They might wise up within hours and do the right thing but it's too late, they've already contaminated something or someone.
I'm not a radical about this, just saying it's too dangerous to even be near and all the protection in the world won't guarantee a favorable outcome when human nature steps in...or ignorance.
I don't envy your BIL or his wife. May God protect them and keep them safe.
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GF is employed at a college so she she's god knows how many students that travel every freaking weekend many go home to Dallas and take their friends with them. I don't like it but I have to live with what she's been exposed to over the past semester this year I am dreading the return after Christmas break.

Good luck all
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What I dread is a car with good gas mileage can leave D/FW area and reach my area non stop.

The scene from "The Stand" comes to mind.
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