“[Spencer] reminded us vividly that fight against Ebola is not in NYC; it’s in W. Africa,” Dr. Laura Evans says. pic.twitter.com/c1hGK7VWv0
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) November 11, 2014
Dr. Laura Evans, ’95, MD’99, a life member of the Alumni Association, thought it was a drill when Dr. Craig Spencer came to Bellevue Hospital Center with Ebola. It wasn’t a drill, she said, but they were ready.
She said that when she was first called to help, she assumed that she was responding to one of the many Ebola drills that the medical staff had been practicing. She was shocked when she found out it was real — that New York had its first Ebola patient. She said it was an honor to get to know Spencer. He has courage and dedication, and she was inspired by him, she said.
According NBC New York, Evans said then-infected Dr. Spencer maintained a positive attitude and reminded the staff around him of the importance of fighting this disease abroad.
“He’s a brave and caring doctor with a great sense of humor.”
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) November 11, 2014
Despite the dangers, U-M scientists have a clear message when it comes to Ebola: Be concerned, but the risk for the average citizen is “close to zero.”
Howard Markel, M.D., PhD, is the director of the U-M Center for the History of Medicine.
“The basic facts — that this virus is hard to catch, and easy to kill — have not changed. Neither has the fact that virtually all cases to date have been in people who live or worked in West Africa.”