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tekedge
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10/27/2014 | 4:31:27 PM
Re: germ zapping robots
I am really confused with this concept. I do not want to laugh it out because the way technology is moving so fast it may become a everyday reality soon
tekedge
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10/27/2014 | 4:29:53 PM
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If there is so much misinformation in the media about the disease why is the media not bringing in health professionals so that the public gets the right information and not be stressing out and panicking!
tekedge
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10/27/2014 | 4:24:56 PM
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Yeah the media hype is there I agree. But in the Ebola case we need it to be repeated over and over again so that the affected nations get the help they need and there is awareness of this deadly disease!
tekedge
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10/27/2014 | 4:23:31 PM
10 Tech Responses to Deadly Disease
It is really blown out of proportion here in the US. Yes one has to  be safe than sorry. But the govt and health agencies  are acting fast after someone died here from the disease  and I hope that there is some relief for the outbreak in Africa because of the solutions that are coming up here! I hope the apps are useful for affected regions. Do they really have the technology to access them and will the health workers who are working tirelessly going to be helped with these technologies gaining popularity here in the US...
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10/27/2014 | 11:35:39 AM
germ zapping robots
I wouldn't call germ-zapping robots an  innovation. Hospitals have been equipped with machines that use UV radiations to kill air-borne germs in operation theatres for a long time. But around a 50 percent drop rate in hospital acquired infections is indeed a tangible imporvement.I wonder what makes them more effective than our routine sterilization equipments
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10/27/2014 | 10:22:42 AM
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Oh absolutely! There has been so much misinformation out there, on all major networks, that it would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. 
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10/27/2014 | 10:21:40 AM
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Within the United States, all the attention on Ebola is really overblown. Within parts of Africa, we haven't -- as a nation -- paid enough attention when you look at the staggering death rates and high rate of transmission from patient to patient. Looking at Ebola selfishly in the West, I think we need to take it as a wake-up call for what we'd do if it wasn't Ebola, if it was something that did spread via air, that did make people sick faster, and that was harder to treat or much faster spreading in the west. As we've seen, US health systems are unprepared for Ebola -- and would be unprepared for anything even worse, more contagious, or more lethal. 

With that in mind, government and health leaders must figure out the weak points, review the failures and any highlights, and determine how they can improve the system so fewer people (consumers, healthcare workers, government agents) would be affected in the face of a full-blown pandemic. 
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10/26/2014 | 10:14:21 AM
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The media is definitely playing this one for every bit of drama they can muster.  In a way I'm thankful for the reprieve from the serial murderer stories and ISIS beheading videos that the media had been feasting on.
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10/26/2014 | 12:10:30 AM
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Hopefully one of the things learned about consumers out of this crisis is why fear and obsession spreads faster than the disease, and how best to control it. The 24/7 news business is feeding and manipulating this, but they wouldn't if it didn't get ratings. In other words, consumers want this "yellow journalism." They want their fear and obsession fed. Even with the Black Death in the middle ages, news of death ships and other affected cities spread ahead of the epidemic.
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10/25/2014 | 1:09:48 PM
Silver Lining
Considering the hundreds of thousands of annual deaths caused by obesity, alcohol, tobacco & automobile accidents compared to the single casualty of ebola, you'd think there was a pandemic.  But then I guess if not for yellow "journalism" Americans wouldn't have anything to obsess over needlessly.  On the other hand, the development of ebola-specific apps/tech can't be a bad thing. 
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