(Nickarama) -- Imagine what the failures look like…
At a White House briefing today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared, “These processes work.” She was referring to the systems in place since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last March.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger disconnect between the optimistic tone of today’s news conference and the reality that some ordinary Americans see.
U.S. health officials actually seemed to portray the emergence of an Ebola case in Dallas as a success story.
But the evidence indicates otherwise.
After all, a patient infected with Ebola arrived undetected in the U.S.
He arrived despite screenings in the affected nations prior to passengers boarding flights and despite screenings after their arrival in the U.S. What’s more, the patient allegedly was not truthful on a form asking whether he’d been in contact with Ebola patients. And once ill in the U.S., he was initially sent home from the hospital despite processes set forth by CDC.
Instead of success, the case seems to represent a breakdown at nearly every step.
Still, Obama administration officials said that tracing who the patient was in contact with is what’s really important.