Hey Ryan, It's been a while.
As you may recall, I am a nurse and have been an active participant in mass casualty drills. I would like to impress upon the readers a few of my observations.
One. Take a look at the pictures of the workers in Africa. Most hospitals don't even have that level of PPE gear hanging around. A post from AM said it best. Our gear is made to not spread it between compromised patients, not keep you from actually getting a disease with a 70% kill ratio.
Two. Third world countries are third world countries. They don't have as far to fall as we do. Mass casualty events in West Africa tax a system that already sucks. It just sucks more. America sits on a fine honed point of logistics and systems. Once we take a step off of the point, it's a long way to the sudden stop at the end.
Three. The very thing that we have going for us will be the thing that has to be controlled. The massive numbers of healthcare workers coming in to contact with potential carriers will exponentially increase the likelyhood of spreading the disease. In Africa, there is one doctor for 100,000 patients. That sucks if you're a patient, but it reduces the likely hood of passing it to the CT Tech on the first floor because some doc decided to check on your spleen. WE will actually have to throttle that very thing which makes our health system great. Resources and trained people.
The novel One Second After is a great resource for the health care outcomes of a disaster. It describes nurses going to work for a week and then reporting to quarantine (in this case for 21 days).
I think that this is an event that bears close watching. Also, remember, small children can't use gas masks. Their respiratory system isn't strong enough to pull through the filter. Start looking at fire safety hoods and the like that are made for young ones.