Fish guts, live frogs, gas cans (filled with water, of course), marching bands, and a whole menagerie of zoo animals. These are just a few of the props Glenn has used over the years to make his point about something going on in the world today. Some have been outraged (the frog is fine...promise!) while others have been confused by Glenn's antics - but true fans know it's all in fun. So with Ebola dominating the news cycle, the only way to show the dangers to health care workers is to dress up in full on Ebola prevention gear and get splattered with spaghetti and chocolate.
Fo far today, Glenn learned that a second person in Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola and that said individual was flying back and forth to Ohio. At the same time, President Obama cancelled planned trips in order to address the crisis. And the situation has hit him close to home, with four Mercury Studios employees living in Mr. Ebola's neighborhood (aka the apartment complex where patient #2 lives).
"How in the name of everything good and holy is one of these high-risk healthcare workers allowed to hop on a plane? And I’m sorry, but what was the nurse thinking? What is she thinking? You’ve got a fever. You’ve been in direct contact with an Ebola patient. Who in their right mind says I’m going to hop on a plane before the incubation period has passed?" Glenn asked.
"Between the infected patients gallivanting around the country and prioritizing the hurt feelings of Liberians over shutting down the travel out of West Africa, I’m not exactly brimming with confidence," he added.
"I live in Dallas. My friends, my family lives in Dallas, and it’s not going to stay in Dallas. It’s not Vegas. What happens in Dallas is going to affect you. You may not be feeling the frustration if you’re in another part of the country, but here it’s ground zero. Four of my employees received a notice, this notice, this morning at their apartment complex," he explained.
Glenn dressed up in the gear being used by healthcare workers to handle Ebola, intending to show how easy it would be to get the disease with direct exposure.
"Healthcare workers now being tossed under the bus. I wanted to do this demonstration because the nurses are being put in harm’s way. The statement released by the nurses union: “They wore gloves with no wrist tape, flimsy gowns that did not cover their necks, and no surgical booties.” Really? This is what they did. They’re in trouble. If they did this? This is what they did. And if it is true, I stand with the unions."
"I am not a union guy. Isn’t SEIU, aren’t some of the nurses unions SEIU? If they are, you know me, I stand with SEIU. This is borderline criminal if you’re forced to work in this."
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