It is indeed uncomfortable to read CIDRAP's declaration of Ebola being aerosolized in their latest commentary. Uncomfortable when a glaring conflict of interest is revealed with the presence of 3M as one of CIDRAP's "Leading Underwriter", which is promonently displayed just to the right of the commentary. And "Nicole Vars McCullough, PhD, CIH, Manager, Global Technical Services, Personal Safety Division, 3M Company" is listed in the acknowledgements.
This is a problem because most of us in fact do turn to 3M for its equipment. But to say something like...
We strongly urge the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to seek funds for the purchase and transport of PAPRs to all healthcare workers currently fighting the battle against Ebola throughout Africa—and beyond.
... implies a market driver to promote sales of 3M products, which may hurt the credibility of 3M as the go-to company for healthcare worker protection.
Many people read CIDRAP looking for an independent opinion of how public health is functioning in this country. But posts like this and the New York Times article by Dr. Osterholm unnecessarily stokes fear at a time when measured consideration of response is needed. Particularly when our military and public health corp are putting their lives on the line. Particularly when they need to trust what is being said to them by MSF, CDC, and WHO regarding the transmissibility of this agent.