Dr. Kenneth Bernard tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin why CDC chief's job is like being on a battlefield.
A special easy to remember 3 digits number should be established if a person has concerns or ideas about Ebola.
Currently, 211 is a contact number to finding human services answers. 411 to find businesses and people contact information. 511 are used for highway information. We have 911 to contact someone for emergencies. A special number, like 912 could be there for Ebola questions and suggestions.
912 operators could forward health care worker callers to the right people at NIH and CDC. Doctor's without borders personnel could be there to answer questions. The CDC and NIH could set up 912 Facebook, twitter, and Skype accounts, as well. CDC and NIH could monitor these accounts. If lets say a health care worker is worrying about wearing the right type of protective gear, the health care personnel could forward pictures to facebook.com/912info account. If necessary, the CDC and NIH could forward a training video back to the health care workers using facebook accounts. Better yet, a Skype connection could be establish with that health care person for more information. Then you may protect more health care workers from Ebola as a result.
A panel of doctors at the CDC will be contacted for Ebola questions. The public could ask direct questions with these panels of doctors after calling 912. In addition, policy makers will be contacted if people have ideas to contain Ebola. The 912 operators will forward the callers directly to the right sets of people.
So please policy makers, created an easy to remember national 3-digit number, facebook, twitter and Skype accounts for people to contact the right personnel. This will better the communication between health care workers, the public and the CDC, and perhaps prevent more people from getting Ebola in the first place.
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