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Hospitals Getting Ready for Ebola; First Monument for Living Warriors Who Have to Continue to Fight; Internet Devices and Privacy

Aired October 7, 2014 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Containing the Ebola virus. There`s an international scramble to do it. An update from the U.S. leads off this

Tuesday show. As of last night, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola was at a Texas hospital in critical


The state`s governor Rick Perry wants the federal government to enhance its screening of travelers anywhere they might enter the U.S. Governor Perry

wants quarantine stations installed, temperatures taken if Ebola exposure is suspected.

It`s unlikely that would have stopped Thomas Eric Duncan from entering America, though, because his symptoms reportedly didn`t start until after

he`d arrived.

In a survey of American Nurses released last week, most said their hospitals were not prepared for Ebola patients.

Kyung Lah found a facility that says it is.


KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The first line of defense if there`s an Ebola outbreak in the United States will be the nation`s hospitals. So, do

they have a plan?

At this one, they do.

The patient will most likely come into the emergency room. And what this hospital, the Los Angeles County USC Hospital here in Los Angeles, what

they`ve put into place, is essentially an action plan.

The patient walks into the emergency room. You always check in. One of the first things they ask if it looks like the patient has a fever or

sweating, is nauseous, maybe even vomiting, did you travel to West Africa? And there are signs all over this hospital saying that if you`ve traveled

to West Africa in the last three weeks, you need to check if you have Ebola.

So, that kicks their action plan into place. They then transport that person to an isolation room, and it`s exactly like what it sounds. You

don`t have contact with anyone except people who are prepared to deal with the patient who has Ebola.

So, what does a worker do before walking into isolation room to deal with a potential Ebola case? They have to cover themselves from head to toe.

They wear a masque, they cover their eyes, they wear a gown that is water impermeable, so that no fluids can affect that hospital workers. They

cover their feet and they cover their hands. And before they do any of that, they wash their hands for 15 seconds.

Once they are in the isolation room they have to mark when they enter, they also mark when they leave.

That is the case for anyone who walks into that isolation room. They follow CDC guidelines if the patient is very sick, they double glove, they

double gown, they basically isolate everyone who comes in who is a suspected Ebola case. Has it happened yet here in California? No. Do

they expect that it might? Possibly. And they say with this case in Dallas, this hospital has to be prepared.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me. I`m in a ward that was established in 1895 and first given in 1901, a name for the inventor of

dynamite, and I am awarded in several different fields, including medicine, physics and peace.

I`m the Nobel Prize, established by the will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel.

AZUZ: We are expecting the 2014 Nobel Prize winners to be announced all this week, at a ceremony in the Swedish capital of Stockholm yesterday.

There were three winners named for the prize in physiology or medicine. Professors John O`Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edward Moser are all

neuroscientists. They`ll split the $1.2 million Nobel Award. They discovered brain cells that help us keep track of where we are and where we

are going. It`s kind of like a GPS built into our heads. It allows us to make repeat trips to previous places. And one reason why the discoveries

are important, Alzheimer`s research.

People with Alzheimer`s disease become lost more easily as parts of their brains breaks down.

Understanding the brain`s GPS could help scientists understand how these patient`s become disoriented.

A few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C., there is a new memorial that was just dedicated earlier this week. It`s called

the American Veterans Disabled for Life memorial. It honors the ongoing sacrifices of those permanently injured in armed conflict. One of its

cofounders was moved to action when she saw a veteran in a wheel chair struggling to lay flowers on another veteran`s grave.


ART WILSON, MEMORIAL CO-FOUNDER: This is the first and only memorial that is designed to honor the living. There are no other memorials in

Washington to honor the living individuals. We honor the living. Today of nearly 4 million disabled veterans, the countless millions that have gone

before us and unfortunately those who will come after us.

The message is, respect and be mindful of what the cost of freedom is. Not only to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but to those who come

home wounded, injured or otherwise disabled. Who`s the first day of their disability life begins when they come home from war, and it goes on for the

rest of their life.

And they have to deal with it every single day. The best form as Washington said of public justice is to honor them and take care of them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To the - the flame is the direct reflection of that undying spirit of patriotism that they have when they don on the uniform,

when they returned home injured? Disabled for life, that`s what the flame represents. The sculpture of the drones, the etchings (ph) on the glass

(INAUDIBLE) is the voice of America talking to those who visit the voice of disabled veterans, the voice of family members, and it`s -- it`s saying we

should never forget.


AZUZ: From sea to shining seas how you might characterize today`s roll call. In the north eastern state of Connecticut, shout out to the Indians

of Farmington High School. We found them in the town of farming tip.

Next up, Landisville, Pennsylvania, great to see the black nights watching. Hello to Hempfield High School. And on the Pacific Coast in Woodinville,

Washington, the wolves are watching that Timbercrest Junior High.

The best things in life may be free, but the electronic services we use are not. They may not require money, but as we`ve reported before, they mine

our data. Facebook knows what we like, Google knows what we search. The Library of Congress is saving our tweets.

What if everything around us was linked online? Think of the convenience, think of the lack of privacy.


JOSE PAGLIERY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Internet of things is when you take everything - thermostat, car, even a light bulb and you just slap the

Internet on it.

You want to use that fitness app? To check how far you ran? That weight loss app to check how much fat you lost? How do you think that happens?

You connect shoes and the weight scale, and your Webcam to the Web.

The Internet of things is all about embedding these tiny computer chips into everything we use. To work, they need sensor that would hoard (ph)

what`s going on around them. Say, temperature or light or movement. Then they send the messages across Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to the Internet using this

itty-bitty antennae, which looked like (INAUDIBLE) chips too. You take dumb devises, and we make them smart.

Every innovative company is working on this. From Whirlpool and LG to Ford and GM. We are entering a world, in which every device talks. Pacemaker

with Bluetooth can tell your hospital the second that you are having a heart attack.

But wait a minute. That means every device is listening, too. And that`s where it gets creepy.

If you are surrounded by connected devices, then your privacy starts disappearing. Anyone with access to your network knows exactly what you

are doing.

For better or for worse, those who use Gmail know that Google is reading your email.

But are you going to be OK with GE? Known when you turn on the light? What about the government? Knowing every time you change the channel, and

what`s supposed to be the privacy of your own home.

And then there`s hackers. If the code of this machines isn`t written well, there`s a potential for a hacker to turn on your oven when your kids are at

home alone. But it`s not all doom and gloom. The best case scenario is that we are going to get an environment that`s absolutely singles.

But we`d better get this right, because if we don`t, we are going to give up control and privacy, all for the sake of convenience.


AZUZ: Before we go, roads - they aren`t just for driving anymore, they are for making music?

That`s America the Beautiful. It`s plaques (ph) so to speak. When your tires roll over specially grooves in the road. On parts of roots 66

through New Mexico.

National Geographic paid to have this done. It`s aim is to get drivers to slow down as the tune is best heard at 45 miles per hour.

Of course, they could have had it play on the road again. Life is a highway, red dirt country roads, take me home. Get your kicks on Route 66,

but with the drive to play something patriotic why go down any other road? I`m going to hit the road, Jack. You guys have a great Tuesday.