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Lessons from the weather community on Ebola, human error, and risk

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, an atmospheric science professor at UGA, published a guest posting on the Capital Weather Gang blog at the Washington Post on the recent Ebola outbreak and what meteorologists have learned from challenges like Superstorm Sandy.  If you deal with weather or other emergencies, you may be interested in his commentary, which can be found here.

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  1. The problem with the “gamesmanship” he refers to in his comment is that with the weather it is a fleeting thing – most weather conditions do no harm and even a severe hurricane leaves (though it may sound different) only localized or “limited” damage. However, if Ebola mutated into anything like the plague in Europe (“the black death”) the world as it is now would not recover for decades if not centuries. Currently nothing is done that could be called even remotely effective! Don’t bother, like NOAA, about bigger computers. Katrina was not a problem of computing power. While the Netherlands even in normal conditions quarantine everyone until proven “innocent” before they release them to a general ward and have only 1% hospital-induced infections, the US and Europe have about 70% (!) infections that you acquire while treated for a hernia or an appendix … ONE Ebola patient in such an unprotected hospital (= ANY “modern” hospital outside the Netherlands!) can start an unstoppable catastrophe!