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As coronavirus epidemic spreads, Palo Altan recounts desperation to get out of Wuhan

Original post made on Feb 9, 2020

From her quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Palo Alto resident Esther Tiferes Tebeka on Friday pinpointed the moment she felt panic while trapped in Wuhan City, China, in January.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:07 PM

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5 people like this
Posted by Blarryg
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 9, 2020 at 7:59 am

When the time comes: Welcome back!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 10, 2020 at 11:02 am

March Air Reserve Base is not in a "remote desert location". It right next to the 215 Freeway between Riverside and San Diego. Hope they get out soon.


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Posted by Quarantine procedures?
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 9:20 pm

I just read that one in this group has now been diagnosed with nCoV. Not to be callous, but the primary concern must be protection of the populace, not these folks’ comfort and getting them home. Questions that arise:
1. Can the Almanac confirm that their quarantine timer has restarted and these folks won’t be released Feb. 11th?
2. Will these folks be segregated from one another and held in quarantine on a rolling 14 day clock until no further cases are identified within the group?
3. What are the details of the isolation procedures being used both within the group and with external personnel?
4. The article indicated that quarantine subjects had been transported to a hospital twice and only after the second transport was the diagnosis made. What are the details of that transport procedure (protections for transport and medical personnel, isolation during transport, isolation in the hospital including prior to confirmed diagnosis, decontamination procedures, additional isolation of persons in contact with the diagnosed subject, ...)?


5 people like this
Posted by Quarantine procedures?
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Correction. The infected evacuee arrived on a flight into San Diego and appears to have been a quarantined on a different base. Questions remain, however, about the isolation and screening processes being used in all of these quarantine locations as the article makes it sound like Mrs. Tebeka was able to roam the base and interact directly with uniformed personnel before being stopped and directed to return to the quarantine facility.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2020 at 1:49 am

As interesting as this is with nuts and bolts information, this is serious and can possibly be an indicator of how things will be to those who have returned from infected areas. Globally, plans are in place and health authorities in worldwide countries dealing with their own homeward bound travelers from infected areas.

While we can have sympathy and compassion, the truth is that if this is really going to be dealt with, the health authorities have to take this quarantine serious. Basic food, hygiene and decent wifi and entertainment as well as something like exercise will be necessary in the quarantine facilities, but the questions raised above particularly if any virus does occur in the contaminated facilities, we must not allow a drop in caution.

The reality is here. It can be beaten, but only if everyone follows the rules.


3 people like this
Posted by Unfortunately
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:16 pm

The media is implying that every traveller from China is quarantined but that is not true, only the ones from Wuhan are in mandatory quarantine. There are two Chinese airlines still flying into our country, I know someone who landed in SFO last week. They only have to self-quarantine. Do you trust a whole plane full to self-quarantine? The virus can stay on a doorknob for 9 days!


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Posted by Barry Wong
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

>>> The media is implying that every traveller from China is quarantined but that is not true, only the ones from Wuhan are in mandatory quarantine.

^^^ Correct. During the first week of the outbreak, nearly 1 million Chinese evacuated Wuhan & are now scattered over various parts of China.

That is why the government is so concerned.

Travelers from China are not going to disclose that they are/were from Wuhan so it is best not to allow any of them into the United States at this time.


6 people like this
Posted by member
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 11, 2020 at 5:43 pm

I know of one person who flew in from Beijing who said that the entire flight of people took Tylenol one hour before landing so that they do not exhibit high temperatures if there is a scan at SFO. How does the county trust that the disease is still not spreading within the county???


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