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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


It seems to me that someone's pants may be on fire

So this dude Andrew Speaker has TB and after his diagnoses traveled between the US, various European countries, and Canada. There is some dispute as to whether or not he was told not to fly and whether or not he was told he might be contagious. He is exhorting that he was told he was not contagious and was never told not to fly. The CDC, Kaiser-Permanente, and public health are all saying they told him he might be contagious and that it would cause risk to others if he flew. It has also turned out that he has a drug resistant form of TB - which is hugely problematic if it got passed onto others.

It seems to me, despite Speaker's assertions to the contrary, that he must be fibbing because why would he then fly to Canada and drive across the border into the US? That seems awfully guilty to me. If he truly thought it was okay for him to fly, he would have flown directly into the US - but no, he took a sneaky backway route into the US.


At 8:00 PM, Anonymous twirly said...

you know what else is weird - that his father in law works for the CDC in a lab that works with TB strains and everyone swears up and down the strain isn't one in FIL lab....that's seems a-fishy to me...

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Breena Ronan said...

I'm pretty sure he knew he was on a "no fly" list, at least that's what his wife said on TV. How you could know that you were on a "no fly" list and not realize that you are contagious, I don't know.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

One version I caught part of was that the CDC changed their story while he was in Italy. They told him before he left that he shouldn't travel, but when asked if he'd be a danger to others he was told no..

They advised against travel, but also said that was CYA advise for them. They then told him the only way he'd survive was to get to the Denver hospital.

Then, as they did more tests to his samples, the CDC figured out what he has and called im in Italy telling him he shouldn't fly and that he should check in to a hospital in Rome for an indefinite time period.

They asked about help with a charter flight etc.. and were denied help by the CDC. He felt he had no other alternative to save his life but to get back into the US however possible.

Of course, it still doesn't make things right, but it seems that the CDC and the guy should share more of the blame.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger k8 said...

Since the wedding in Greece was planned, I've been imagining either an I'm entitled to my wedding in Greece and you can't stop me response, or a bridezilla calling all of the shots.


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