This is a Real Estate blog, but many of us have concerns — and maybe even some panic — over our home, Dallas, now being Ground Zero for treating and burying the first Ebola victim in the United States.
We are so very sorry for the death of Thomas Duncan yesterday at Texas Health Presbyterian. May he rest in peace. There have been concerns and rumors over how he was treated, why he was not put into immediate isolation, and who may have come into contact with him. DISD and Highland Park Schools are concerned over children who may have come into contact with Duncan’s family members and friends, and Park Cities parents are concerned that Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who showed loving compassion to Mr. Duncan’s family, may be somehow spreading germs to others in his daughter’s school — some parents are keeping their children at home:
Jenkins has spent considerable time with the family from a Vickery Meadow apartment where Duncan stayed. Over the weekend, he drove the family members to an undisclosed location, where they will wait in isolation to see if they fall ill.
None of the family members has developed symptoms of Ebola. Therefore, health experts say, there’s no possible risk of their transmitting the disease.
Jenkins said he met with the family in part to show the community that there’s no cause for panic. At one point, he mentioned that he hadn’t so much as changed his shirt after spending time with the family.
“If there was any risk, I wouldn’t expose myself or my family,” he said.
What Judge Jenkins says makes sense, of course, but I recall the first time my husband assisted in the delivery of a patient with a highly communicable disease years ago — I was terrified. It made sense to find a safe haven for Mr. Duncan’s family and supply them with food and supplies while in isolation. Hopefully, no one else will contract this dreadful disease. If Dallas had to be the first city in the U.S. where an Ebola patient was diagnosed with the dreaded virus, then let it also be known as the city that showed loving compassion to the victim’s family and friends, and contained the virus before it affected or killed any others.
With this in mind, I am curious as to what the real estate community thinks: have newcomers been asking about the Ebola case in Dallas?