The constant counterargument to a large ebola outbreak is our "advanced health care system." Yes, we do a better job with quarantine and a much better job with treating symptoms to avoid secondary problems. OTOH, there is currently no way to prevent or treat or inoculate against ebola. When it comes to ebola, we're not 'advanced' at all.jacob wrote:I think we've just demonstrated (with one data point in each place) that both "advanced" systems are equally incompetent when it comes to diagnosis, relying on procedures rather than [not even] uncommon sense. Hopefully, these first failures will be relatively cheap "tuition".
What we should change is "health" education. The bulk of it is sex education, which has its place, but should be taught along with healthier lifestyle choices and preventing non-STD infectious diseases since they are the biggest cause of death and disability. It's kinda sad that most kids know more about preventing herpes than they do about preventing staph infections or type II diabetes.Chad wrote:Maybe if we changed our education system there would be more people capable of independent thought.
Despite how advanced our system is and how predictable the annual flu season is, 30-40K people still die in the US every year from complications related to influenza. That's approximately the same number of deaths as from breast cancer, yet which gets more public attention? More people die from MRSA and related staph infections than from AIDS in the US each year, but how many people are educated in preventing MRSA infections compared with preventing HIV infections?
I'm not saying we should reduce education efforts for breast cancer and HIV/AIDS prevention. I'm just pointing out that our advanced health care system is only selectively 'advanced' and health education is uneven and woefully inadequate.