Meet the real-life couple behind ‘The Hot Zone’

The new Nat Geo series focuses on Dr. Nancy Jaxx and her husband, Jerry, who risked everything to keep ebola from spreading across the U.S.

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37 thoughts on “Meet the real-life couple behind ‘The Hot Zone’

  1. Money is worthless if there is no body there to spend or take it. Another suggestion would be to throw as much money at it as possible. Most Americans would rather die than miss a day of work or school. There needs to be instant grants and guarantees that job positions can not be lost if sick leave is taken due to fever, employers should be encouraged to keep employees home and children from school. If a family in a "hot zone" comes down with fever. I'm guilty of in the past going to first days of work with lung infections and very sick. I'm a professional temporary clerical (no not donna from dr. who) but similar. What was I supposed to do skip my first day of work (the cycle is I get it during the interview and come down with it around first week)? As a temp i'm always exposed to new germs. Or people like my dad who had the responsibility of supporting 6 children and doing work that very few would have the ability to do and would bring hell upon him to become behind even 1 day at work, co workers that usually depend on his above average production would suffer. No way in the world he would have missed a day of work. Employers and co workers tend to take advantage of hard workers that strive to go above and beyond and find a way to do better every day. He worked himself to death literally. There needs to be a Pathogen Bill to protect workers and promote healthier work environments. Instead of calling the employer to take off work call the Pathogen Hotline we'll call you off and deal with your employer and provide guidance and support. No more calling HR to get out of work, no more calling the bosses cell phone, it should be mandatory practice punishable with fines if violated. It takes 5 minutes for a mobile healthcare professional with a thermometer to perform verification of fever or even a face time type interview to save time. You work at the drive through mcds and your sick you call the pathogen hotline. Something like that the employer should not hold the power of community health, work people to death, and people should not be afraid to care for their health. I figure all the interest the employers make by holding tax and social security funds would well pay for this. Every worker should be entitled to 2 weeks of Pathogen Care with option of extension. When i get a sinus infection it's all bad for at least a week. We got spring pollen and then fall rag weeds. Infection means infection no mater what the cause.

  2. From the perspective of a regular average person: Protocols should evolve and after seeing a washington post article on c-span regarding healthcare facilities not reporting or even testing for some issues to avoid association with everything that comes with association. Would it be better for the public to know places to avoid if they suspect they might have something that is going around. Should there be a phone system in place for concerned people to call (sort of a call us we'll come to you and provide guidance and support.) I know that if an area needed volunteers to bring supplies to people who have to stay home 1000's of people would volunteer vs risking said person to go out and get supplies on their own. People can't help people and situations without communication. We can't fix problems unless we are all on the same page. There needs to be public awareness and instead of people being afraid, we can fight it. We can't fight if we are in the dark. Requiring retailers to have wipes at the door. Specific people assigned to sanitize handles on freezer doors and soda buttons. Healthcare protocols great. Public protocols? What if the power goes out. Something like call the midwife? This time around I would rather see trained neighbors on the news reporting care vs seeing some hotel with person on phone screaming they need help and people fighting over who is trained to clean it out, who gets contracts… If we fight each other over contracts we will lose the war. If we train each other we can't lose. A 20 bed state of the art facility great. What about the other 327 million beds? Fitness centers would be a great start for recruiting neighborhood volunteers training sessions and brainstorming. Education and readiness has to be more infectious than the infection. Starts with leadership and involving the public and providing leadership, guidance, and support. I see retailers with uv lights inside stores supply rooms and parking lot car side order taking and delivery (drive through walmarts persay) pre order line place order line. Orderly organized people. Communities don't like sudden surprises. Walmart has average of 3500-4000 customers per day higher end 10+k per day. Safely say target has the same. Like walgreens but then how much is cash really worth if it has viruses on it. Someone really needs to think on the logistics of all this. My shopping list is easy eggs limon and lime juice sweetner and coffee and spices and I can survive. If there was a care (vs scare) how would i get my lemon and lime juice and eggs? I wouldn't or I would pick them up? or call in an order? Just to be clear i'm totally healthy and don't require assistance. What if?

  3. Not to get too technical with my primitive calculations. The last outbreak on the west coast has population approx 11 million. The current eastern outbreaks neighborhood population of 80 million (approx). Based on world health orgs conservative reporting (on their website) with factoring cooperation challenges 8/5/2018 – Current 5/19/2019 The trend for new confirmed cases and new deaths has started to roughly double in April 2019 and will nearly double those number in May 2019. If the trend is allowed to continue to double at the very least each month by December 2020 there will be 58,195,968 new confirmed cases per week and 41,418,752 new deaths per week. I recommend we consider using the resources that are in the region to aid in securing this crisis before it's too late. Time to brainstorm seriously.

  4. According to NPR's investigations into this mini-series this is not factually correct.  The Jaax's couple were not conducting test after test or recovering monkeys etc.  The virus never made anyone sick etc. There was NO cut glove scare etc.  The people that were exposed actually gained Eboli antibodies (good).  So just basically more Hollywood BS to sell ratings.  Is NPR accurate ?? you read and judge     https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/27/726519660/a-natgeo-tv-drama-is-inspired-by-a-1989-ebola-crisis-in-the-u-s-how-accurate-is-

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