Ebola: With The Proper Precautions, The Risk Should Be Minimal

An Inside Edition article so quoted Dr. Dalilah Restrepo, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital.

Dr. Restrepo explained, “First, you wear a yellow gown. We would use a mask with a face shield because you want the extra protection in the eye area.”

Gown, gloves and a face shield provide barriers from bodily fluids, which is how Ebola is spread.

At Mount Sinai Hospital an Ebola patient would be brought to a special room. Dr. Restrepo noted, “It has a closed door and has a negative pressure valve. On a routine basis, the air here when you breathe is sucked out.”

The question is, whether bringing a gravely ill Ebola patient from West Africa to the United States puts anyone in danger.

Dr. Restrepo said, “With the proper precautions, the risk should be minimal.”

Click here to read the full Inside Edition artcle “Ebola Fears As Infected American Returns to U.S.”

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Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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