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“I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: 
Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola”
by Abby Norman
“Ebola is brilliant. It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect. That’s why we’re all so terrified. We know we can’t destroy it. All we can do is try to divert it, outrun it. 
I’ve worked in health care for a few years now. One of the first things I took advantage of was training to become FEMA-certified for hazmat ops in a hospital setting. My rationale for this was that, in my home state of Maine, natural disasters are almost a given. We’re also, though you may not know it, a state that has many major ports that receive hazardous liquids from ships and transport them inland. In the back of my mind, of course, I was aware that any hospital in the world could potentially find itself at the epicenter of a scene from The Hot Zone. That was several years ago. Today I’m thinking, by God, I might actually have to use this training. Mostly, though, I’m aware of just that- that I did receive training. Lots of it. Because you can’t just expect any nurse or any doctor or any health care worker or layperson to understand the deconning procedures by way of some kind of pamphlet or 10-minute training video. Not only is it mentally rigorous, but it’s physically exhausting.
PPE, or, personal protective equipment, is sort of a catch-all phrase for the suits, booties, gloves, hoods and in many cases respirators worn by individuals who are entering a hot zone. These suits are incredibly difficult to move in. You are wearing several layers of gloves, which limits your dexterity to basically nil, the hoods limit the scope of your vision- especially your peripheral vision, which all but disappears. The suits are hot- almost unbearably so. The respirator gives you clean air, but not cool air. These suits are for protection, not comfort. Before you even suit up, your vitals need to be taken. You can’t perform in the suit for more than about a half hour at a time- if you make it that long. Heat stroke is almost a given at that point. You have to be fully hydrated and calm before you even step into the suit. By the time you come out of it, and your vitals are taken again, you’re likely to be feeling the impact- you may not have taken more than a few steps in the suit, but you’ll feel like you’ve run a marathon on a 90-degree day. 
Getting the suit on is easy enough, but it requires team work. Your gloves, all layers of them, are taped to your suit. This provides an extra layer of protection and also limits your movement. There is a very specific way to tape all the way around so that there are no gaps or “tenting” of the tape. If you don’t do this properly, there ends up being more than enough open pockets for contamination to seep in.
If you’re wearing a respirator, it needs to be tested prior to donning to make sure it is in good condition and that the filter has been changed recently, so that it will do its job. Ebola is not airborne. It is not like influenza, which spreads on particles that you sneeze or cough. However, Ebola lives in vomit, diarrhea and saliva- and these avenues for infection can travel. Projectile vomiting is called so for a reason. Particles that are in vomit may aerosolize at the moment the patient vomits. This is why if the nurses in Dallas were in the room when the first patient, Thomas Duncan, was actively vomiting, it would be fairly easy for them to become infected. Especially if they were not utilizing their PPE correctly. 
The other consideration is this: The “doffing” procedure, that is, the removal of PPE, is the most crucial part. It is also the point at which the majority of mistakes are made, and my guess is that this is what happened in Dallas.
The PPE, if worn correctly, does an excellent job of protecting you while you are wearing it. But eventually you’ll need to take it off. Before you begin, you need to decon the outside of the PPE. That’s the first thing. This is often done in the field with hoses or mobile showers/tents. Once this crucial step has occurred, the removal of PPE needs to be done in pairs. You cannot safely remove it by yourself. One reason you are wearing several sets of gloves is so that you have sterile gloves beneath your exterior gloves that will help you to get out of your suit. The procedure for this is taught in FEMA courses, and you run drills with a buddy over and over again until you get it right. You remove the tape and discard it. You throw it away from you. You step out of your boots, careful not to let your body touch the sides. Your partner helps you to slither out of the suit, again, not touching the outside of it. This is difficult, and it cannot be rushed. The respirators need to be deconned, batteries changed, filters changed. The hoods, once deconnned, need to be stored properly. If the suits are disposable, they need to be disposed of properly. If not, they need to be thoroughly deconned and stored safely. And they always need to be checked for rips, tears, holes, punctures or any other even tiny, practically invisible openings that could make the suit vulnerable. Can anyone tell me if this happened in Dallas?
We run at least an annual drill at my hospital each year. We are a small hospital and thus are a small emergency response team. But because we make a point to review our protocols, train our staff (actually practice donning/doffing gear), I realized this week that this puts us ahead at some much larger and more notable hospitals in the United States. Every hospital should be running these types of emergency response drills yearly, at least. To hear that the nurses in Dallas reported that there were no protocols at their hospital broke my heart. Their health care system failed them. In the United States we always talk about how the health care system is failing patients, but the truth is, it has failed its employees too. Not just doctors and nurses, but allied health professionals as well. The presence of Ebola on American soil has drawn out the true vulnerabilities in the health care system, and they are not fiscally based. We spend trillions of dollars on health care in this country- yet the allocation of those funds are grossly disproportionate to how other countries spend their health care expenditures. We aren’t focused on population health. Now, with Ebola threatening our population, the truth is out.
The truth is, in terms of virology, Ebola should not be a threat to American citizens. We have clean water. We have information. We have the means to educate ourselves, practice proper hand-washing procedures, protect ourselves with hazmat suits. The CDC Disease Detectives were dispatched to Dallas almost immediately to work on the front lines to identify those who might be at risk, who could have been exposed. We have the technology, and we certainly have the money to keep Ebola at bay. What we don’t have is communication. What we don’t have is a health care system that values preventative care. What we don’t have is an equal playing field between nurses and physicians and allied health professionals and patients. What we don’t have is a culture of health where we work symbiotically with one another and with the technology that was created specifically to bridge communication gaps, but has in so many ways failed. What we don’t have is the social culture of transparency, what we don’t have is a stopgap against mounting hysteria and hypochondria, what we don’t have is nation of health literate individuals. We don’t even have health-literate professionals. Most doctors are specialists and are well versed only in their field. Ask your orthopedist a general question about your health- see if they can comfortably answer it.
Health care operates in silos- we can’t properly isolate our patients, but we sure as hell can isolate ourselves as health care workers.  As we slide now into flu season, into a time of year when we are normally braced for winter diseases, colds, flus, sick days and cancelled plans, the American people has also now been truly exposed to another disease entirely: the excruciating truth about our health care system’s dysfunction- and the prognosis doesn’t look good.
Note: In response to some comments, I would like to clarify that I am FEMA-trained in level 3 hazmat in a hospital setting. I am a student, health guide and writer, but I am not a nurse.“


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    • John Little

      Excellent article.

      One tiny addition: Ebola virions ARE found in mucus.

      Since sneezes and coughs contain mucus droplets, the Ebola virus WILL be transmitted through the air.

      Keep up the good work, Coyote Prime!

      John Little

      • Birdfool

        :lol: :lol: :lol: “Ebola is brilliant. It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect. :lol: :lol: :lol:

        Ebola in Fossils for Millions of Years and NEVER MUTATED..400 TIMES IN AROUND 6 MONTHS


        • Mark Brander

          Following prophecy received October 11th, excerpted from here….

          After I prayed today with a friend, our Blessed Saviour gave me several visions relative to the ebola plague, its spread in this nation and also its spread in some other nations.

          I saw in that vision an angel, who poured out a large vial of a dark substance upon this nation, near the middle of the nation. Soon after the angel poured out this vial upon this nation, which I understood to be one of the plagues from the Book of Revelation, I saw dark tributaries began to form and these tributaries began to enlarge and to flow outward across this nation. These dark tributaries grew quickly until they began to spread out and become diffuse, fanning out their presence until a deep red mass began to cover this nation from north to south and from east to west. It seemed that the whole nation was covered in blood and I knew that I was seeing the rapid advancement of this ebola virus in this nation! Then, I heard our Saviour say, “Because you have loved the shedding of innocent blood!” (How many slaughtered babies in this nation? Perhaps as many as 100 million?)

          end excerpt….

        • FantaLemon

          Mark Brander

          Please stop shoving Christianity dawn peoples throats, keep your easter bunny crap to yourself, you are nothing then a virus on this planet, worse then Ebola, you preach fear, please go die……. :idea: :idea: :idea:

        • Miggy

          Thanks for sharing, Mark.

          John 3:16

    • Logicgirl

      I think we all know the info in this article…..what I want to know is where were you when Ebola showed up? What was all that training for? To go in after it’s out of hand?
      If we have these special haz mat teams so thoroughly trained and knowledgeable on how to approach Ebola….the why the hell the “THE CLEANING GUYS” show up to clean the contaminated apartments? Guys who clean up tanker spills and you don’t even have to look at their website to see that……..they have tire tracks painted all over their trucks.
      Don’t waste my time telling me how great and trained you are … if when the crap hits the fan you’re sitting behind a safe computer writing about how you get in and out of your suit…. I think we all know that much.

      • inventor

        Your post is in total contradiction to your handle. Your assumptions are illogical, your thought processes are disjointed and fractured, and attacking the author for posting a well written article on the rigors of hazmat training and protocols serves what purpose? I don’t know where to start on picking apart your fallacies, but a good place to start would be your logic or lack thereof.

        • Brogers1941

          Talk about non-sense , you don’t make any valid point, attack Logicgirl for far less prittle. Man whar a mis-nomer your handle is one of the biggest I have seen.

        • inventor

          Brogers1941 below,
          Your post is just another example ignoramus assumptions. You’re right up there with illogic girl. My points on illogic girl are self evident with the slightest ability of analysis, which obviously you lack.

          Whar are you? A produck of pubic edumacation? LOL! It must hurt to be stupid.

    • Grover

      Government coverup.

    • rustywhite

      A man sneezes on his shirtsleeve and I rub up against him and get his mucous on my shirtsleeve and I sneeze into my shirtsleeve and …viola…transmission has occurred…..

      This is going to be the “wildest” thing WE have ever seen in OUR lifetime….

      I am no expert and I am finding out there are not many others out there….

      The CDC is a joke…..Just look into their take on Lyme disease…Idiots…

      And they are my neighbors and family…



    • EbolaHoax

      Exposing The Ebola Hoax

      The Elite’s Plan For World Genocide By Vaccine

    • Anonymous

      Here is what nobody is telling you.

      A man in Schieffelin, a community located in Margibi County on the Robertsfield Highway, has been arrested for attempting to put formaldehyde into a well used by the community.

      Reports say around 10 a.m., he approached the well with powder in a bottle. Mobbed by the community, he confessed that he had been paid to put formaldeyde into the well, and that he was not the only one. He reportedly told community dwellers, “We are many.” There are  are agents in Harbel, Dolostown, Cotton Tree and other communities around the ountry, he said.

      State radio, ELBC, reports that least 10 people in the Dolostown community have died after drinking water from poisoned wells.

      The man also alleged that some water companies, particularly those bagging mineral water to sell, are also involved. The poison, he said, produces Ebola-like symptoms and subsequently kills people.

      There Is The Jim Stone Take On Ebola-From Ghana: Ebola is not real and the only people who have gotten sick are those who have received treatments and injections from the Red Cross

    • James Craik

      It is true that the Vaccine (s) are the carriers of Death. When a smiley face Billionaire has to come on line and tell us that everything the Government and Bill Gates does for us is true and good, then we are being “looking through the rose tinted glasses of life” if we believe them. In the past, they have been given funds and approval to do just the opposite and now the perfect storm has arrived, they can begin their agenda.
      See my website at the bottom of the page under Blog Categories, click health. Effective Natural Medicine Protocols that are widely available and the Truth concerning The Vaccination Conspiracy.
      When we feed evil, it will grow and consume us,
      If we don’t feed evil, it will consume itself.

    • FNPmitchreturns

      Remember MRSA and how it got into the community? I believe the MRSA and Ebola are transmitted the same way which is through contamination…… Look at your local hospital and nursing home and you will find hundreds of thousands or millions of infected people because of negligence by the medical community……..

      WHO says that 3 percent of infected people could have an incubation period of 42 days …..

      • CrowPie

        MRSA can be found anywhere that bacteria grows. Hospitals and nursing homes is where it proliferated due to over use of antibiotics, but its spreads very easily and is near impossible to eradicate.

        Gyms, locker rooms, jails, homes, cars………anywhere a spore has opened…….is now contaminated.

        • CrowPie

          (The word “spore” is used only as a descriptive.)

    • Alan


      Ebola ””is not”” airborne. ””It is not”’ like influenza, which ””spreads on particles”” that you sneeze or cough.

      However, Ebola lives in vomit, diarrhea and saliva- and these avenues for infection can travel. Projectile vomiting is called so for a reason.

      ”””Particles””” that are in vomit may ”””aerosolize””” at the moment the patient vomits.

      ”””Particles””””””aerosolize””” = sneeze, stupid idiot. :roll: :razz:

      • Alan

        what is relative to saliva, a snotty sneeze… :neutral:

    • rustywhite

      ALAN…are you a doctor?

      • StraightDopes

        rusty – do you think any of the people on BIN claiming that ebola is the next Black Plague, transmitted by crosseyed stares, are doctors???

    • Factory Farms FEAR the MooCow

      Hello say hello to cow… moooo…. FEMA Camp….

      • Alan

        If all the males are infected, then yeah! :lol:

    • defineaproblem

      The suits are hot- almost unbearably so.
      That I can help you with.
      Back when I was getting hazmat training I had an instructor who used to wear a vest with many pockets.
      In these pockets were frozen gel packs. This provided a heat sink that made the suits more bearable. In very hot conditions it could extend the time one was highly effective within the suit by 15 to 20 additional minutes. That does not sound like alot but in hot weather being effective while working in a totally contained suit with scuba 20 minutes can really matter.

    • Doccus

      I knew that if I looked long and hard enough that one day, instead of made-up fear porn, I’d find a truthful and well written article on BIN… Thanks!

      • Mark Brander

        Is the following true?

        The truth is, in terms of virology, Ebola should not be a threat to American citizens. We have clean water. We have information. We have the means to educate ourselves, practice proper hand-washing procedures, protect ourselves with hazmat suits. The CDC Disease Detectives were dispatched to Dallas almost immediately to work on the front lines to identify those who might be at risk, who could have been exposed.

    • Pink Slime

      Think of it. How DO YOU get a contaminated suit off without contaminating the things that touch it and are attached to the things that must take it off without contaminating the attachments.

      Unless you have disposable robots and an isolation room that can be hermetically sealed you can see the problems, eh? And about the seals in the isolation room. Who cleans that off?

      The only way to do it is to have a scorched earth policy with the medical team one step ahead of it till everyone is sure nothing was touched or could be touched.

      Have a nice day…..

      • 0 Sum

        You forgot the “N” work MSG Chicken

        Don’t want you to forget who you are now.

        • 0 Sum

          *Word not Work

          Have a nice day…..

        • Pink Slime

          No *eed we all know you are *aive. But to please you here is the in “n”, naive.

        • 0 Sum


          More Vogon poetry from a real hero also known as the disgusting MSG Chicken!

          What a hero.

        • Pink Slime

          You know, I’m beginning to think you are MSG Chicken.

        • 0 Sum

          Quote: “You know, I’m beginning to think you are MSG Chicken.”

          Liar Liar pants on fire. You are the same person behind MSG Chicken

        • Pink Slime

          No, I think you are Chris then? But I believe you are the MSG Chicken.

        • 0 Sum

          You are the same “person” who posted under MSG Chicken.

          Don’t play with my you racist prick

          “Can I buy a consonant Alex?”

          “You sure can John Rocker”

          “I’d like to buy 175 N’s. Cuz the “N’ word is my favourite word Alex”

        • Pink Slime

          No, I believe you to be MSG Chicken or Chris.

    • liberty

      Id have to disagree with the part about it not being ” airborne” and not because Im not a doctor but because it only takes common sense to figure that one out.

      Mucus…….released through sneezing starts out as SALIVA which she concurs is transmissable…… and so when as person sneezes….they release droplets of saliva.
      Ive seen plenty of slow motion Science videos to concur with that.
      The truth is visible to the naked eye.

      So…with cold and flu season coming , people sneezing, putting their hand down on something after they have sneezed- those particles are still present and especially in the COLD which will FREEZE the particles..

      We’ve all been conditioned to learning about Ebola in HOT places but …….dont you think its ‘unchartered territory” for it to be in COLD CLIMATES?
      I mean how much research has been done on wether FREEZING the particles once they escape into the air kills them …or……
      do they merely remain “inactive” until a warm hand touches them ??

      I think we need to hear a heck of alot more about EBOLA in COLD Climates.

      Otherwise that is a great and informative article , but I think shes been falsely presumptious and that could mis-lead many to have a false sense of security…about its potential.
      It IS airborne when “saliva” sneezes into the air and those particles “shower” down.

      • CrowPie

        I have to make a distinction in the area of the definition of air born. When a person has the flu… is NOT a requirement that the infected sneeze or cough in order to pass on the infection to strangers that are up to six feet away. They only have need of breathing the same air.

        That is the difference between the flu and ebola. Ebola requires contact with infectious fluids.

    • ReadDaniel7



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    • NWO for Dummies.

      Abby Norman is a fool as are those who like the article. Is she so totally self absorbed that she is unaware of a false flag Ebola crisis when its slapping her in the face, or is she just damage control.

    • Equalizer

      President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

      obola is clearly trying to spread Ebola virus throughout United States to ring in martial law on Americans.

    • Before It Was All Pop Ups

      I’m not sure what this freeboot is or does, but if they’re just a givin’ it away, I’ll take me some. Doe I need the weefee or a bluetooth to use em’?

    • Anonymous

      Excellent article! The truth is, America’s medical system has been sabotaged. It cannot legitimately be called a “Health Care SYstem” because it’s not oriented toward health care – it’s oriented toward PROFITS: for Big Pharma, for Big Med, for doctors. It’s designed to make people sicker and KEEP THEM SICK until all their insurance money, savings or whatever is gone, and then they’re abandoned. Physicians rarely recognise the level of of their own brainwashing; it happened over many years, and they were carefully kept unrested and fit only for memorization, not logic, not caring. A fe have seen it, and have gotten themselves out of the main part of the system and into a concierge practice, but even most of those were still mis-trained.

      We need to start over. I’ve been told flat-out by doctors that herbal healing is just old wives tales. I usually end up telling them that they should be learning from mroe old wives, then, and leave. U.S. doctors are good for surgery (when it’s not uver-used) and trauma treatment, but little else unless you get lucky.


      • CrowPie

        How refreshing……..a reader ‘after my own heart.” :smile:

    • Universal spiritulaity

      Research DR. Hulda Clarks, zapper, it kills all parasites, bacteria, virus’s, fungus and parasites..Pregnant or people on pace makers can not use it..but it is one way for us to protect ourselves..even from chemtrail diseases.. time to wake up world.. get prepared.

    • voiceofreason

      We all know that the jackal is looking for a way to suspend the 2016 elections but, things are not going as well as he thought. Looks like the republicans will keep the house and maybe take the senate and that’s not part of the plan. His scheduling is way off because he has had to hold back implementation of the affordable care act because he knows that those policies being in place too soon will be political suicide for the dems. I don’t think Ebola is part of the plan because this would reflect poorly on the healthcare industry and that’s not good for the Dems at the moment. All of the upcoming Dem candidates are running from him as fast as they can so they can get elected because even his own party knows he has wandered from the farm. If the Dems do hold the senate, I predict that the Dems will have a collective return to the messiah moment and will return to the original message that Obamacare is good. Imagine them taking the house and the senate during this crisis and implementing Obamacare as the cure. That would lead to martial law very quickly and the suspension of all rights. Gwyneth Paltro and other actors and politicians are already putting forth those ideas of giving Obama limitless power. There are many ways he could become president for life and these possibilities have been discussed of the floor of the house and senate. He is becoming more angry and frustrated as the end of his presidency come closer because his plan is behind schedule and he is running out of time. He failed to gain the house in the last election and this is the main slowdown and the reason why we are not under the employer mandates of the healthcare law. His mind is bent on being dictator for life and his back is against the wall and his plan is falling apart. He has become a desperate man and is most likely of the verge of doing something desperate. Good luck and god bless…….Wolverines?

    • Anon

      Ebola is a weaponized virus

    • winsome123

      the US own the patent on the ebola virus’ so what does that tell you?

    • Ideas Time

      My question is does not Huffington Post work for the gv as a dis-information site?

    • Ovinmitt

      what made me think twice about this article is the fact that he called it brilliant.

    • milosz137

      Why not say that Ebola can be treated? In the upper right corner of the text translator.

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