Token gestures are not enough

Heathrow airport has started screening for Ebola among passengers flying into the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Given that the incubation period, i.e. the period between virus onset and symptom display, is on average two to 21 days (according to the World Health Organisation), airport screening is an expensive, disruptive and pointless token gesture by a government desperate to be seen to be ‘doing something’.

The only really credible policy would involve isolating the three countries at risk, treating people locally and ensuring that any apparently uninfected people are held in quarantine for a minimum of three weeks before allowing them to leave.

Token gestures are not enough.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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