Last week, Dr. Rick Sacra arrived at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He contracted Ebola while treating pregnant women in Liberia and is reportedly doing well. It is unknown whether he is receiving the same experimental treatment as the first two Emory patients.
With the arrival to two more patients in the country, I am reminded of a Washington Post op-ed written by Susan M. Grant, the chief nurse for Emory Healthcare after Brantly and Writebol arrived at Emory. In it, she explains why it is beneficial and ethical to treat these patients in the U.S. and why Ebola is not a threat to our communities. She also describes the compassion demonstrated by the professionals at Emory—and, by extension, Nebraska Medical Center and throughout areas in Africa where Ebola is rampant—towards these patients. Thus, in order to keep this perspective in mind, I suggest we revisit that important post, you can find it here.