They still have the kids in isolation in the hospital. They've kept
their families from them, said that they might be able to see them if
they put on special gear. WTF? Is this Ebola? People have been
exploring those caves for years, they just return home. Why haven't
they been locked up and quarantined? What about all the other caves
hikers and the like go into all around the world? I can see if it
there is some known, serious, communicable disease that they know was
there, but this is nuts. Why haven't they quarantined all the divers
from around the world that went in there?
The amount of health care you get is directly proportional to the amount of health care insurance you have. Apparently these kids are well covered.
But the mystery to me is why you have not blamed President Trump?
I saw the photo of the kids in hospital wearing masks and wondered about
it also. First thing that came to mind was bat shit but just what it
might involve I didn't know. Here's what a quick search revealed.
Rescued from the Cave, Thai Soccer Team Gets Quarantined: Here's Why
An ambulance leaves the Tham Luang caves on July 9, 2018.
Credit: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty
Updated on Tuesday, July 10, at 9:25 a.m. ET.
The immense rescue operation for the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave
finally concluded on Tuesday (July 10): All twelve boys and their coach
have been successfully extracted. But before the rescued boys can
finally go home to their families, they need to make a pit stop at the
hospital, where they're being briefly quarantined to make sure they
didn't pick up any diseases in the caves, according to news reports.
Indeed, caves can be petri dishes for bacteria and viruses.
"The big worry that you get with caves is the presence of bats," said
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health
Security in Baltimore. "We know that bats can transmit many different
infectious diseases, including things like rabies." [The Very Real Risks
of Rescuing the Boys Trapped in a Thai Cave]
It's unclear if the boys were exposed to bats or if this cave even has a
large bat population, though most caves do. But if the doctors suspect
any contact with the winged mammals, the boys will most likely get
postexposure vaccinations to prevent any possible rabies infections,
Adalja told Live Science.
And the bats themselves aren't always the problem — the animals can also
"drop" problems all over the place.
"Certain fungi can really thrive in bat droppings," Adalja said, and
inhaling these fungal spores can lead to lung infections, including
cryptococcosis or histoplasmosis, which is also known as "caver's disease."
But symptoms of some of these fungal diseases might not pop up during
the boys' time in quarantine, Adalja said. In some cases, it can take
months or years for the fungi to cause a problem in the body; for
example, symptoms may not pop up unless a person's immune system is
suppressed due to another cause. In other cases, the fungal infections
never cause any problems, he said.
Still, it means that later in life, the boys and the coach should be
sure to tell any doctors about their time spent in the cave, as it may
aid in a later diagnosis, Adalja added.
Another concern is leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause
bleeding in the lungs, or can even cause meningitis (inflammation in the
lining of the brain and spinal cord), according to Reuters.
That said, some of the health problems the boys could develop in the
caves might have less-exotic origins.
"People jump to think about the exotic stuff, but it's important to
focus also on the common" stuff, Adalja said. For example, the kids
could have gastrointestinal issues due to the poor sanitation in the
caves. In close quarters without sanitation, it wouldn't be surprising
if the boys had contact with each other's feces, he added. Furthermore,
by drinking the cave water — even if they licked water dripping from the
walls and didn't drink water on the ground — the boys could have
contracted lots of bacteria that could also cause gastrointestinal
problems. [Photos: Rescuers Race Against Time to Save Soccer Thai
Trapped in Thai Cave]
There could also be small infections on the boys' skin from cuts and
scrapes, he said.
Ultimately, however, there are so many unknowns, and it's difficult to
predict what pathogens, if any, the boys have been exposed to, Adalja said.
Overall, the reports suggest the rescued teens are in good health and
spirit — and they even requested their favorite food dishes, according
On Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 6:50:54 PM UTC-4, Unquestionably Confused wro
People have been
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Someone posted that there are no bats in those caves. Probably because
the bats are smarter than the soccer players that went in there.
That mask BS is part of Asian nonsense. You see them walking around
the streets in Asian, wearing them routinely and if there is the threat
of bird flue or anything, then 90% go around wearing them.
Yeah, there;s a big surprise, give me what I like.
Then the same would be true of all the other people who routinely go into
that cave. And the other caves around the world. What hospitals are all
those divers from around the world in? Bet they are on 777s headed home
around the world, back to where they came from.
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