whyEbola health workers are collapsing?

Dr. Oliver Johnson describes working in protective gear

‘We would like to keep a [patient] visit between 45 minutes and one hour, but now, we’re stretching it to almost two hours. We put ourselves through a very strong physiological stress when we’re using personal protection gear.’”

“‘We sweat, we’re losing water; we’re getting hotter and it wreaks havoc on the body. Our own endurance starts to wear down.’”

Getting the picture? Imagine losing five quarts of water from your body in an hour. While you’re trapped inside a bulky hazmat suit. While you’re treating a patient who, for example, wants to do everything he can to escape the clinic

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Imagine needing two hours after you climb out of your suit to rehydrate. Then you go back for more. Of course you also decontaminate yourself with toxic chemicals, including chlorine.

And as one doctor mentioned above, you’re also inhaling chlorine, a highly toxic compound, while you’re inside the hazmat suit, and while you’re approaching shock from loss of all those body fluids.

And then, imagine, because you want to treat as many patients as possible, you don’t do just one hour at a time inside the hazmat torture, you expand the time to two hours. How many quarts of body fluid do you then lose in one shift?

But of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with why you might fall ill. No. If you fall ill, or collapse, or suddenly die, it’s Ebola.
Sure it is.

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