The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A second worker who helped treat Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the deadly disease, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control has said his agency could have done better in reacting to Duncan’s case. How is your confidence in the health care system holding up?
No confidence at all. Think this hospital should be closed now and cleaned. All the workers should be isolated and monitored. How many more before things get taken more seriously? Deborah Verdin Chavious
Fine, there is a learning curve to everything. That doesn’t mean my heart doesn’t bleed for these people, but once protocol is established and followed, it shouldn’t happen again. Susan Taylor Eurto
None of our hospitals were ready for this. Bobbette Sherrard Walker
My confidence in the staff with boots on the ground at Dallas Presbyterian is strong. I think they are doing the absolute best they possibly can to give excellent care to these patients. My confidence in the CDC is about the same as it was, meaning I think they are a bunch of fairly incompetent people. But I have felt that way for quite some time. Nicki Sanchez
I am a therapist, worked in nursing homes for years. Hopefully, hospitals are better at infection control. At the nursing home it was difficult to get a straight answer on how we should handle a patient who was supposed to be on isolation precautions. Precautions vary depending on the illness, but management was usually confused about procedure, frequently all the stuff wasn’t available (out of masks, etc). Stacey Bauerle
I think the staff at Presby and the healthcare system in general is fine. I am glad the CDC has decided to send personnel to supervise, as they are the ones with the training. Ebola is different from anything we have had previously. Mary M. Jones Gardom