Ebola non-contact transmission fear

Professor Raina MacIntyre told MO it was far from certain that guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control could be relied on to prevent healthcare workers becoming infected with Ebola.

“No one is trying to look at it scientifically,” she said, referring to health workers who have become infected with the virus after treating patients in West Africa, Spain and the United States, despite taking precautions and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Numerous healthcare workers using full PPE, including Médecins Sans Frontières workers using respirators, have contracted Ebola and many have died.”

The professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales said there were only three possible explanations for this.

“One, they made mistakes in the donning and doffing and breaching the protocol. Two, the guidelines were