Not airbourne - yet.
A wise and prudent move, though I am sure it tears the Missionaries' hearts
There are lots of priesthood holders left in Liberia and Sierre Leone. There is
a stake in Sierree Leone, plus multiple districts fairly close to being stakes
in both countries. With the disease so wide spread, the missionaries
have the choice of doing little and trying to proctect their health in a method
that might not work anyway, or being sent to other countries where they can do
good. In the midst of a mass epidemic like this public activities are limited.
The church is making wise decisions. They Church has used prudence and
deliberation, but this seems a wise decision in light of the spreading disease.
Does the Church have any plans to send humanitarian aid workers to this area? I
know they sent doctors in just after the Haitian earthquake, but that was a
slightly different situation.
Considering 257 of the missionaries are from West Africa, the gripe about not
unsing missionaries from the countries involved is not at all accurate. Most
missions in Africa are heavily staffed with nationals of the particular country
the mission is in. People should read articles before making comments that show
they have not read the article at all.
Is there any word on which specific missions there missionaries are being sent
to? I hope missionaries are able to return to these nations in the near future.
I also hope to see missionaries enter Guinea in the near future. Hopefully the
additional missionary manpower can help where these missionaries are sent.
Luckily, there will still be many members in their local congregation, including
local leaders, who have the same healing power of the priesthood available for
those that need it.
Why is the Church withdrawing the healing power of the Priesthood at a time when
the local people need it the most?
FirehorseThis disease can lie dormant for up to 20 days. If a person
with ebola flushes a toilet in a public restroom after using toilet paper, they
already got it. Doesnt matter if the more severe symptoms were showing or not.
If Ebola is contracted by direct contact, why do the caregivers work in full
HazMat gear, including full facial protection (even the eyes)? I dont believe
"theyre" being as forthcoming as "they" should be about this
virus, probably because they dont want everyone to panic.
Um, people, it's not as hard to transmit Ebola as the TV News tells you.
Seriously, it *can* be transmitted through the air, and I quote from the
Wikipedia: "The virus has been shown to travel without contact from pigs to
primates. While the method of transmission is not determined, it is believed to
travel short distances through the air in large droplets that are absorbed
through the airways effectively making it an airborne virus." Can I add a
"Duh!" after that? Seriously, people, Ebola is one of the most deadly
and contagious viruses in the world! There's a reason it requires Biosafety
Level 4. I thought this was common knowledge. It was reasonably common knowledge
back in the late 90s...
My son is currently in Liberia on his mission, the CDC website states that
"individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the
virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an
individual who is experiencing symptoms." These missionaries have been
under very strict contact precautions for several weeks they do not need to be
quarantined if they are not symptomatic.I am excited to find out where my
son will be re-assigned, some may be sent home because there a lot of
missionaries to be redistributed.
This disease spreads much like Aids does, through urine, vomit, blood and such.
So it would have to be an extreme exposure to get this. I do think it wise to
move the missionaries out, but unless they have had a high risk exposure, I
would not think they need to be isolated. They will know if they have had this.
My best to them, and all those who are suffering from Ebola.
My nephew is currently in Liberia on his mission. We'll be relieved when he
is re-assigned and anxious to find out where he will go.
It would seem to me that the church is using wisdom and caution with this
situation. The church is not oblivious to medical reasoning and I'm sure
that any quarantine time periods will be observed as needed.I'm
sure that adults are competent to contact their own families, but the church has
greater collective communication abilities and in many circumstances can do so
more effectively and timely than one or two individuals could.Such
things are indeed unfortunate as many governments, including our own, do not
seem to appreciate health issues and serious disease contagion when moving large
groups of people across international borders. Many more of us may need to use
greater caution on our own when dealing with the alarming issue.
My brother is in Sierra Leone and the missionaries are currently staying at the
mission home until they receive other assignments.
Might be wise to "quarantine" that part of Africa until this issue is
resolved and a workable vaccine is made.
I guess the first thing to do about this virus is not to panic. It is not an
air-born virus and the only way it spreads is contact with a contaminated person
or their body fluids. Bringing our missionaries out of those areas is a
necessity for their protection. We must pray that the LDS stakes in those parts
of Africa will be able to continue to give help and aid to the afflicted and
ease the fears of their congregations until this deadly outbreak ceases. The
missionaries may be leaving but the Lord and the power of the priesthood remains
to succor the sick and help the living to cope and become stronger. We can only
pray for the afflicted people in Africa and know that the Lord is there and is
very aware of their suffering.
They should move them and then isolate. They could come into contact in route.
Why grown adults can't contact their families on their own makes no sense.
Even the military allows this.Why not use members from those
countries instead of from abroad?
Are they quarantining these folks for 21 days before they send them elsewhere
because the incubation is 3-21 days and you could have it and not know it for up
to 21 days, so hope they are quarantining any people leaving the contagion area.
There is an African summit in Washington DC sometime in the next week or so and
government is telling their folks to do telework from home during this summit.
Wonder why? Scary!
A very sad story all the way around.