A crew suited up Wednesday evening to transport Ebola patient Amber Vinson from Dallas to Atlanta, but there was one man on the flight wearing absolutely no protective gear.
There is video of him standing a few feet away from the patient, at one point he grabs what appears to be a hazardous waste bag and then he boards the flight. He's in the video of Vinson's arrival in Atlanta.
Who was the mysterious man with a clipboard overseeing the transfer? And why wasn't he wearing a suit?
A representative Phoenix Air, the air carrier that handled the flight, confirmed he was one of their medical safety coordinators. He was required by protocol to wear plain clothes so that he can better see, hear and smell what was going on. He was trained to keep a safe distance from the patient.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he wasn't too concerned about the man's safety because the patient was encapsulated.
Jenkins explained the paramedics put on their suits to safely put on Vinson's suit. They keep theirs on just in case something happens and they need to treat her.
“She's in a bubble. They're in a bubble to put her in a bubble and then they stay in their bubbles in case they have to work on her bubble. Who that guy is and what he's doing, I'm assuming he's well away from the action,” he said.
Jenkins visited Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's family without wearing a hazmat suit.
“You need to be in your suit when you're around people who are symptomatic. You don't need to be in your suit when you're around asymptomatic disease contacts. It's pretty simple,” he said.
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