JFK Drops the Ball

Here is an article I wrote about screening for Ebola at my job… “JFK Drops the Ball” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs Boarder Protection (CBP) have begun screening at five U.S. airports including JFK airport. In terminal four, passengers areRead More…

Here is an article I wrote about screening for Ebola at my job…

“JFK Drops the Ball”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs Boarder Protection (CBP) have begun screening at five U.S. airports including JFK airport. In terminal four, passengers are not being screened until they reach the secondary arrivals area after mixing with passengers arriving from all other fights. “If all the passengers mix, why even screen for Ebola,” said JFK Terminal Four arrivals agent, Webster Brown, 25.

According to the CDC, Customs Boarder Police will be responsible for observing travelers coming into the JFK exhibiting general signs of illnesses to try and lower the risk of spreading Ebola with the help of CDC employees.  “The risk is pretty high, I would say about 20,000 passengers arrive in terminal four daily from countries all over the world,” said Customs Border Police Officer, Arthur William Brown, 57. Throughout the arrivals in Terminal Four, the CDC and CBP have been working together pulling passengers aside that are exhibiting any Ebola-like symptoms.

All passengers exhibiting symptoms of the disease are pulled from the primary arrivals queuing into a secondary screening area just before the baggage claim area.  “All the gates empty into halls leading to immigration on each side of the terminal, after making their way to immigration all the passengers from the flights form one line to wait to be processed by an officer for entry,” said Customs Border Police Officer, Mike Grazianno, 42. The decision to isolate and screen a passenger isn’t made until after the passengers have mixed together waiting for what may sometimes be extended periods of time.

Passengers selected for screening are escorted by CBP to this secondary room where trained CBP staff will observe their symptoms, and ask them a series of health and exposure questions. According to the CDC, medical staff will then take their temperature and if the travelers have fever, symptoms or the health questionnaire reveals possible Ebola exposure, they will be evaluated by a CDC representative. The public health officer will then make a public health assessment. Travelers, who after this assessment, are determined to require further evaluation or monitoring will be referred to the appropriate public health authority. Travelers from these countries who have neither symptoms, fever, or a known history of exposure will receive health information for self-monitoring.

“Even with such thorough screening, the risk is still high because the passengers coming from Africa are not being isolated from the rest of the arriving passengers. If one person does have Ebola, you have just potentially infected every passenger in that arrival” said Long Island Jewish Nurse Practitioner, Danielle Sainte-Marc, 39. All people exposed to the Ebola virus may not exhibit symptoms right away. According to the Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses, the incubation period of Ebola can last up to 21 days meaning an infected individual may not show symptoms until after three weeks.

 

 

On the Job…

Well, to start, I work at JFK. When I was at work a few days ago I saw the craziest thing! There was this passenger waiting to board her flight and as you can see…. … Her outfit was out of this world. I didn’t want to laugh but IRead More…

Well, to start, I work at JFK. When I was at work a few days ago I saw the craziest thing! There was this passenger waiting to board her flight and as you can see….

- her jumpsuit days don't panic lol

– her jumpsuit days don’t panic lol

… Her outfit was out of this world. I didn’t want to laugh but I didn’t think people were so afraid until I saw her.

 

 

Its Here !

Although the CDC is doing a lot in response to the Ebola Outbreak, it doesn’t seem to be helping. More and more people are being diagnosed with Ebola. First, it started with the patient in Texas, then it made its way to Georgia, and its now in NYC!  The latest isRead More…

Although the CDC is doing a lot in response to the Ebola Outbreak, it doesn’t seem to be helping. More and more people are being diagnosed with Ebola. First, it started with the patient in Texas, then it made its way to Georgia, and its now in NYC!  The latest is that they’re currently running tests on a 5 year old boy at Bellevue Hospital in New York to try and rule out Ebola. It’s really hard to feel safe no matter how much the CDC tries to ensure us that we are.

I worked on this reaction gif to express how I feel whenever I hear about everything that’s going on. It’s hard for me to stay calm, and i try my hardest not to “freak out” but this is the result…

 

This is me when I heard people in New York have Ebola.

This is me when I heard people in New York have Ebola.

 

 

All we can do is stay educated and understad how the disease is transmitted. What helps me feel better is that I learned it is only transmited through direct contact with bodily fluids. At least now I know I cannot contact the disease standing by people on the train. (0_o)

Just remember to take universal precautions, and I think we’ll be okay. But that still doesnt help with the fear.

 

 

 

Turns out the Moms are Ebola Zombies

Trends · Change #NYCC #Ebola #My1DWWAFilm #StealMyGirlVideo SATs #BinderCon Happy National Coming Out Day Malala Halloween Stark Vegas *Here I write a poem dedicated to the technique called Tanka*                          Turns out the Moms are Ebola Zombies I was trying to go to #NYCC […]

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*Here I write a poem dedicated to the technique called Tanka*

                         Turns out the Moms are Ebola Zombies

I was trying to go to #NYCC and dedicate my costume to Halloween

My boy told me it was located in Stark Vegas

And here I am dressed up as that guy from #My1DWWAFilm

Turns out I ended up at #BinderCon with moms

My SAT score was high so I fit in pretty well here

All until I realized Malala a female activist was standing there

 

I felt idiotic until I remembered who else was there

Malala’s ex husband  who I was for Halloween

I decided to play Mr. #stealyourgirl and told her to come here

I  asked  her if she remembered the motto in Stark Vegas

And told me to think of the moms

I told her remember what she did to me during #My1DWWAFilm

 

We call it the My 1 dirty woman word and Film #My1DWWAFilm

Yeah and we filmed ourselves there

I knew these things because of the moms

Poor Malala but at least it was Halloween

We left and went to the little chapel where we got married in Vegas

If she didn’t do me I told her I would leave her here

 

When I told her that I would leave her here

She told me it’s my turn to do what she did to me at #My1DWWAFilm

I told her I never did it in Vegas

On second thought dear why are we there

She meant to say I think I know what I wish to be for Halloween

One of the moms

 

I turned to her and said screw the moms

She could not believe with here ears what  I was saying here

Happy National Coming Out Day was on #Halloween

I told her baby let’s make it like #My1DWWAFilm

When there were tears in her eyes she said look there

I’m like baby I don’t care to look, everything is nuts in Vegas

 

#Malala turned to me and said it’s not about Vegas

You Must Die You haven’t cured #Ebola said the moms

She’s right THERE!

I told her to come here

The Mom turns and said we must die on Halloween

I got up very calmly and said I’m only the guy dressed up from #MY1DWWAFilm