An unidentified Sheriff’s Deputy employee for the Maricopa (AZ) Sheriff’s Department returned home on October 20th from Sierra Leone to Belgium, and he traveled to Washington Dulles International Airport where, again, his temperature was taken before he was questioned and cleared by CDC authorities to return to Phoenix. In a moment of sheer medical brilliance, the CDC officials gave him a thermometer and told him to self-monitor for the next three weeks.
The Sheriff’s Deputy works at Arpaio’s infamous jail as a detention officer where 700 inmates and 100 county employees coexist in tightly confined quarters. Several of the employees at the detention center said they would not come to work if the unidentified Deputy was allowed to come to work after arriving home from Sierra Leone.
The deputy officer in question travels to Sierra Leone annually and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2006. America’s most famous Sheriff, Joe Arpaio has countermanded the CDC’s reckless inaction and dereliction of duty towards the health and welfare of the American public, and has subsequently taken decisive action. Arpaio has told the employee in no certain terms to stay home and ordered the employee to stay away from work for 21 days. Sheriff Joe stated that the employee has cooperated and willingly agreed to remain home for the 21-day incubation period, as he will be on administrative leave. The deputy will be allowed to return to work after November 12th, if he shows no signs of the virus.
An Ominous Warning: When Will It Be Time to Stop Going Out In Public?
Arpaio has, in effect, issued a strong warning for the American public as he stated, “Corrections officials throughout the United have a growing concern about how to deal with Ebola, should the virus gain more traction here. Jails are a unique environment. They are a closed system. Inmates cannot simply leave because they fear a disease outbreak. Jails have to react quickly and definitely to prevent the possibility of transmission.”
Let’s take Arpaio’s astute observation and apply these words to another venue by simply substituting the word “schools” for “jails.” Schools are also “closed system” and “students and “teachers” cannot simply leave because they fear an outbreak.
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth and a Hazmat Suit
Schools, planes, trains, shopping malls, football games, concerts, movie theaters, restaurants, college dormitories, basketball games, hockey games, and any prison or jail in America are prime breeding grounds for an Ebola outbreak to gain a foothold and spread like wildfire.
Out service economy is based upon putting large numbers of people into very confined spaces. I applaud the Sheriff for having the sense that Obama does not—Sheriff Joe, as he is affectionately called, is taking definitive action.
However, there is one caveat that Sheriff Joe should be made aware of: the incubation for Ebola is 42 days not 21 days, according to the World Health Organization. In other words, we do not know what we are dealing with and the appointment of a an Ebola Czar and the announcement of new screening protocols being enacted in a whopping five of the 117 airports is laughable as a safety measure against the spread of Ebola. What does this say about Obama when a Sheriff has more common sense than the President?
The three R’s of school, reading, ‘riting (writing), and ‘rithmetic now has a fourth R, “Respirator.”
When do parents actually begin to make decisions regarding their children attending schools? I am already hearing the rhetoric among parents who are expressing doubt as to what to do with their children attending school. At this point, I would agree that this constitutes an overreaction. Yet, this is a going reality among many Americans. When the perception that it is not safe to go out in public becomes one’s own reality, common sense be damned. People will make these types of decisions without reason and based upon emotion. And when these kinds of decisions start being made, the fear will spread faster than the Ebola itself. And at the end of the day, our service-based economy will collapse because nobody will be going to malls, sporting events, restaurants, and theaters. Maybe this is why the great pretender in the White House will not issue a travel ban for West Africa. Some people are openly wondering if the collapse of the American economy is his goal and to achieve this goal, he only has to do what he does best, nothing!
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