Well, that did not take long at all.
Dr. Craig Spencer who for a while worked with Doctors without Borders in Guinea tending to those afflicted with the Ebola virus returned to New York City several days ago.
As of Thursday afternoon, Spencer who for the past six days self-monitored and supposedly “self-quarantined” himself keeping an eye out for symptoms of the Ebola virus until this morning when he developed a fever has tested positive for Ebola.
The doctor is presently under care and quarantined at Bellevue Hospital.
According to Governor, Mario Cuomo, Spencer “was only exposed to very few people…” due to precautions the doctor had taken on his own.
Last night New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio and Governor Mario Cuomo held a press conference to assured concerned New Yorkers that there is no need for New Yorkers, visitors and tourists to worry.
Not so. In spite of feeling tired for three days traveled Spencer from his Harlem residence by taxi, had dinner at a restaurant, visited an elevated park and two bowling lanes in addition to traveling on three of New York City’s subways lines, i.e., the #1, A and L trains.
While sources said Spencer claimed to have self-quarantined after feeling ill, he was at a pair of bowling spots in Willliamsburgh, Brooklyn on Wednesday. He used Uber taxis, went to the High Line, a restaurant and took the subway — the No. 1, A and L trains — to get around, officials said.
The three subway lines rode by Spencer travel through the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens making numerous connections throughout the City in every direction on a system that attracts 4.3 million riders a day.
De Blasio, at a press conference with by Gov. Andrew Cuomo shortly after the results were released, said that there was no reason for anyone to worry about an outbreak.
‘We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,’ de Blasio said. ‘Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids, not through casual contact.’
‘He was only exposed to very few people,’ Cuomo said. ‘He was taking precautions on his own…’
I can assure you that not even halfway through the conference, New Yorkers began to worry. After all, de Blasio is the same schmuck who refused to close New York City public schools during a blizzard last winter while at the same time insisting that the streets were cleaned and safe to walk in.
While Spencer is in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital, the repercussions of his actions are unfolding.
Although the Uber taxi driver and passengers who entered the vehicle after Spencer are not at risk (according to the CDC), one of the bowling alleys (the Gutter) that Spencer visited is now closed and a scheduled concert canceled.
The Elephant in the Room
Did Spencer complete his tour in Guinea? Or was it ended because he was aware that he might have contracted the virus? Did Spencer prior to showing symptoms suspect that he might have contracted the Ebola virus? Is that the reason for his return to New York City?
Also not mentioned is the fact that Spencer got through the so-called Ebola safeguards at JFK Airport guaranteed to work by many in the Obama administration. FAIL.
Travel bans must be into place for those Ebola-stricken nations and those returning to the United States from those nations must adhere to a 21 or 42 day quarantine – not self-quarantine – QUARANTINE.
Finally, we can now add Mali to the list of Ebola-stricken nations now that a 2 year old girl whose father died of Ebola has contracted the disease.
On a lighter note, be thankful for Twitter.
Case of Ebola hit NYC. Dude went bowling and road the subway and everything. Not good.
— Scoop (@ExZACly_) October 24, 2014
If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2014
THIS JUST IN! The Ebola Case and the Axe Attack in New York, compels drastic action by DeBlasio to reduce Slurpee sizes by 50%! We’re Saved! — Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) October 24, 2014
Now that Ebola’s in New York, it’s only a matter of time until it unionizes, then sues us all for bullying it on Twitter. — Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) October 24, 2014