Field Expedient Disinfectants:
At least four trends are colliding that will amplify the panic and mortality rate of the future epidemics in the United States.
Our borders have become more porous and even the poorest nations have international airports
Medical care has been industrialized. Cost centers have been rationalized and profit centers have been bloated. The underlying assumption is that civilians will step up and take on roles they have not been trained for.
Emerging diseases generate vast amounts of infective material. Somebody once likened a patient with Ebola to a slug that has been sprinkled with salt.
Social media has turned very citizen over the age of 8 into a shrieking tabloid spewin emotional gibbering devoid of useful information.
You get up at 5:30 in the morning. You drink two cups of coffee and get in your vehicle. You fight traffic for 65 minutes to get to work. You are two hours behind from the second you walk through the door. It is non-stop chaos as you battle your way through the day. Because you are conscientious you stay over an extra couple of hours to help get the next shift off to a good start. Your usual 11 hour shift became a 13 hour shift. You drive home through the light, late evening traffic. While it was a long day, so far, there has been nothing unusual or special about it.
Once home you crack open an adult beverage and turn on the last bit of TV news.
And then you learn that a foreign exchange student at a high school three zip codes away is in an isolation ward at the University hospital. The student flew in from Accra, Ghana a week ago and has symptoms that are consistent with Ebola.
You decide this might be a good time to hit the local convenience store and buy a spray can or three of disinfectant.
They have no disinfectant left on the shelves.
Since you are already out of the house you decide to drive down to the big-box store to buy a dozen cans of spray. They are also wiped out. It looks like a bomb hit the aisles of the pharmacy. You curse the social media that has generated the panic and has you the last person in-the-know.
What to do?