Oh, this is going to make such a great subplot for Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike II.” Two male strippers from Texas who were on infected nurse Amber Joy Vinson’s flight from Cleveland to Dallas have self-quarantined after being informed they were seated within several feet of Vinson. Axl/Taylor 2016?
He may not be a rocket scientist, but he thinks he can prevent an Ebola outbreak better than the CDC.
An exotic dancer from Texas has quarantined himself after he and his stripping friend shared a plane with an Ebola patient — and he’s shocked that health officials haven’t required his isolation.
After Axl Goode and Taylor Cole sat within 3 feet of nurse Amber Vinson a day before she was diagnosed with the lethal disease, the two pledged to stay in their homes for 21 days, a move suggested — but not required — by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too” Goode, who comes from a family of pharmacists, told the Daily News. “It’s not rocket science.”
The two exotic dancers and romance-novel cover models were advised to call the CDC, along with the rest of the passengers on the manifest, but—sad trombone—were left hanging for hours:
But when Goode called around 11 a.m., he faced an 81-minute wait time, he wrote on Facebook.
Instead of staying on hold, he elected to have health officials call him back. It took them an hour and 40 minutes to return his call. When they did, they took down his contact address and phone number but didn’t give him any advice.
A day later, Dallas health officials called to suggest he voluntarily isolate himself by staying in his own home — a protective move he started a day earlier.
The two dancers are self-quarantining for the three-week incubation period of the deadly disease, citing a desire to take a “proactive approach to protecting people,” and are surprised the CDC didn’t require it. Here’s hoping they just get three weeks off work and 15 minutes of fame, and not Ebola.
The experience of these men speaks to the CDC’s larger problems in gaining trust with the American people to fight an Ebola outbreak. The agency, whose approval numbers are falling precipitously, has routinely made assurances that were later proven untrue, failed to be as proactive as Axl and Taylor, and made moves so obviously reckless that humble, normal Americans look at the agency’s conduct and quite rationally conclude it’s not to be trusted. This is not panic or the result of some political campaign to undermine the CDC. This is self-inflicted. For instance, the CDC told Vinson, who has been exposed to Ebola and had a slight fever, that she could jump on a plane to the Midwest. It also failed to anticipate the need to monitor a nurse who may have handled an Ebola patient’s samples. That nurse is now isolated in her cabin on a cruise ship, which are of course infamous hotbeds for contagious disease outbreaks. Vinson, for her part, asked the CDC if she should fly and made a mistake in trusting their advice. Axl and Taylor aren’t making the same mistake, and many Americans will be inclined to be wary as well. Again, that reaction is a direct result of the CDC’s actions in handling Ebola.
The dancers have been told to stay at least three feet from others for the next several weeks. They will no doubt be missed in the Champagne Room at the White Rhino. Hope they and Vinson are all safe in the end.