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Apparently, the US government believes this could be a very bad outbreak, despite what they tell us;




Now that Ebola is officially in the US on an uncontrolled basis, the two questions on everyone's lips are i) who will get sick next and ii) how bad could it get?

We don't know the answer to question #1 just yet, but when it comes to the second one, a press release three weeks ago from Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer and seller of a "comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market" may provide some insight into just how bad the US State Department thinks it may get. Because when the US government buys 160,000 hazmat suits specifically designed against Ebola, just ahead of the worst Ebola epidemic in history making US landfall, one wonders: what do they know the we don't?


Lakeland Industries, Inc. (LAKE), a leading global manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for industry, municipalities, healthcare and to first responders on the federal, state and local levels, today announced the global availability of its protective apparel for use in handling the Ebola virus. In response to the increasing demand for specialty protective suits to be worm by healthcare workers and others being exposed to Ebola, Lakeland is increasing its manufacturing capacity for these garments and includes proprietary processes for specialized seam sealing, a far superior technology for protecting against viral hazards than non-sealed products.



"Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries. "We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem. With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

Of course, purchases by the US government are bought and paid for by taxpayers. For everyone else there's $1200 mail-order delivery:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-...vernment-order-160000-hazmat-suits-gives-clue
 

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Apparently, the US government believes this could be a very bad outbreak, despite what they tell us;

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-...vernment-order-160000-hazmat-suits-gives-clue

My first thought was - How old is the order? Was it for US troops going over to Africa?

Not an old order - 3 weeks. For the troops going over to help with the outbreak? Yes, i would imagine.
But, then I read the number of suits again. Wow!

160,000K Biosuits.


My next question is Body Bags.
Has the government been ordering body bags recently?


Can you hear the Canaries?
 

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The bio-suits are one-time-use disposable and are likely meant for the outbreak in West Africa. Anyone with contact with the sick, dead, or with medical waste needs them -- ranging from physicians to the guys picking dead bodies up off the street to the janitors with the unenviable task of washing bloody puke off the walls of the clinics.

If you assume 1-2 suits at a minimum per person per day, and thousands of people wearing them, 160,000 is not that big of an order. They'll easily need that many before the outbreak is over, and they probably get a volume discount.
 

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The bio-suits are one-time-use disposable and are likely meant for the outbreak in West Africa. Anyone with contact with the sick, dead, or with medical waste needs them -- ranging from physicians to the guys picking dead bodies up off the street to the janitors with the unenviable task of washing bloody puke off the walls of the clinics.

If you assume 1-2 suits at a minimum per person per day, and thousands of people wearing them, 160,000 is not that big of an order. They'll easily need that many before the outbreak is over, and they probably get a volume discount.
Did you make that up? Read the article.

1. The biosuits being ordered are not listed under Lakeland Industries "disposable use" products. They are listed under their multi-use products and touted for their durability and longevity.

2. The 160,000 suits have been ordered by the State Department, which has no charter at all to deal with a West African outbreak.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...lity-of-hazmat-suits-for-ebola-274892141.html

http://www.lakeland.com/our-products/chemical-protective-clothing.html

Feel free to read the "buyers guide" for the ChemMax suits mentioned in the Lakeland Industries press release. They are not meant for working with patients. They are meant to keep you safe while you use a pitchfork to shovel bodies out of the back of a dump truck into a lime pit.
 

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Did you make that up? Read the article.

1. The biosuits being ordered are not listed under Lakeland Industries "disposable use" products. They are listed under their multi-use products and touted for their durability and longevity.

2. The 160,000 suits have been ordered by the State Department, which has no charter at all to deal with a West African outbreak.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...lity-of-hazmat-suits-for-ebola-274892141.html

http://www.lakeland.com/our-products/chemical-protective-clothing.html

Feel free to read the "buyers guide" for the ChemMax suits mentioned in the Lakeland Industries press release. They are not meant for working with patients. They are meant to keep you safe while you use a pitchfork to shovel bodies out of the back of a dump truck into a lime pit.

Well Ernie that answered my Q about body bags. Darn! Prepare for the worst, Hope for the best.
 

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Apparently, the US government believes this could be a very bad outbreak, despite what they tell us;











http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-...vernment-order-160000-hazmat-suits-gives-clue
The suits in that link are not the ones ordered, they ordered the Chemmax 1 which run about $150 or so for a case and this company that sells them describes them as disposable

http://www.toolnsupply.com/c5428-l-lakeland-chemmax-1-chemical-coverall-attached-hood

Amazon sells them as disposable too
http://www.toolnsupply.com/c5428-l-lakeland-chemmax-1-chemical-coverall-attached-hood
 

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That number doesn't sound insanely high. 160,000 suits / 50 states = 3200 suits per state. Considering the potential, this seems like a "just in case" purchase.

If the virus really does spread all over, I think a lot more than 160,000 would be necessary.
 

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That number doesn't sound insanely high. 160,000 suits / 50 states = 3200 suits per state. Considering the potential, this seems like a "just in case" purchase.

If the virus really does spread all over, I think a lot more than 160,000 would be necessary.
Well, considering they only sent 9 people to Dallas, that number of suits will go a long way.
 

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The State Dept. works hand in hand with USAID, I suspect most of them are Africa bound.
 

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Oh great...I stopped wearing suits a dozen years ago. Is a t shirt, blazer and jeans a suit? I can fit into a suite however.
 
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