As fears of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. increase, big cities are getting creative in how they're preparing for the worst.
Dr. Ross Wilson, the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, tells CNN's Michaela Pereira they are sending actors to public hospitals in the Big Apple to fake symptoms of Ebola in order to test how well the staff identifies and isolates possible cases.
Dr. Wilson describes the process:
"We train simulated patients and then we take a standard script, they arrive at an emergency department and staff are unaware that these patients are not real patients, and this goes through for about 50 to 60 minutes until the patient is isolated or we end the scenario."
So what should the hospital staff be looking for and what is the proper response?
Two simple things, Dr. Wilson says.
"Someone comes in with a headache, symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and a fever, immediately get a travel history."
If the person has been to the three countries in Western Africa – Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia, they are immediately isolated.
And how is New York City doing?
Dr. Wilson is optimistic.
"We’ve been gratified that most things have gone right," he says.
"But there are a lot of human beings in this process and they all have to come together in the same way every time, with every patient."
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Rob Portman, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Ohio. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
With the news that a Liberian citizen has been diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, the Obama administration must finally act to ensure that the disease does not spread further.
For weeks, I have been calling upon the administration to take a robust, proactive approach to prevent Ebola from becoming a public health crisis here in the United States. These steps include appointing a single, accountable official to coordinate with the many agencies tasked with containing the Ebola epidemic, and moving from passive to active screening at U.S. ports of entry for all passengers traveling from countries with known outbreaks of Ebola.
These common sense steps, while not foolproof, would go far in preventing an outbreak of Ebola and assuring the American people that their leaders are not taking the threat of this disease for granted.
In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," we see an example that you are not your limitations. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
"Men's Health" magazine recently set out to find the Ultimate Men's Health Guy.
Out of 1,200 men, combat veteran Noah Galloway took the top prize.
The soldier left two of his limbs in Iraq, and also, at the time, his will to go on.
"I got good at putting on a front, but behind closed doors I was drinking all the time," Galloway says.
"It wasn't until one day I looked in the mirror and I looked at what I was doing to the rest of my body, and I decided to turn it around."
He cleaned up his life and, because he was embarrassed by his injuries, went to the gym every day at 2am .
He designed an entirely new work out routine to accommodate his needs.
Galloway is now a father of three and says he's in the best shape of his life.
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