And so it begins …
The first person-to-person transmission of the Ebola virus has just been confirmed at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, essentially negating all reassurances from the President and CDC officials that just such a situation would virtually never happen.
The healthcare worker who was exposed to the virus was wearing full protective gear, which proves one of two possibilities. The first being, the healthcare worker made a mistake which lead to their being infected. Or two, the virus spreads in ways experts don’t yet understand.
No matter what the case, it confirms that virus cannot be kept contained, and neither can the panic, the one thing experts and politicians are clearly more concerned with than the actual containment of the virus. Had they really taken the necessary precautions against an incurable human virus with close to a 75% fatality rate, they would have shut the borders down and not let any flights from the Ebola ravaged African countries into the US. They would not have treated any Ebola patients in public hospitals. The president would not have dispatched the military to the combat the disease, by presumably setting up a quarantine centers at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in remote African cities.
Instead, officials are telling us they are taking “all the necessary precautions needed” with ensuring our safety by asking a few questions of inbound travelers like “Have you been to Africa? Have you been in contact with someone who’s had Ebola? Do you have a temperature?” We’ve seen how this pre-screening process works because the first person who carried Ebola into the United States, and who later died, simply lied to having been in contact with an Ebola victim.
Panic is the genie in the bottle. If you lie about what you are capable of, then are proven wrong, more panic ensues because people believe you are incompetent. If you placate people by giving them superficial answers to a serious issue, they believe you are not taking things seriously and will take matters into their own hands (pull kids from school, not travel, sell out of the stock market, etc).
It’s rare we find ourselves in situation like this. Mankind hasn’t had to deal with a virus problem since HIV, but even it doesn’t spread as easily as Ebola. So what is one supposed to do? Clearly you can’t lock your doors and suspend all activities.
I can think of two things. The first is, apply common sense. If the virus is spreading despite all the expert’s necessary precautions (full bio-containment HAZMAT suits), then the experts clearly don’t know what they are dealing with. They cannot be entirely trusted. If you start hearing reports of people catching Ebola outside of hospitals, we’re in big trouble. That means the virus is wildly out of control. As that point, yes. Stay indoors and stay away from highly populated events. Antibacterial hand cleaner does nothing against Ebola. Don’t let that give you any sense of safety. Stay informed through trusted sources, not politicians and not the “experts”. Again, digest the data yourself and apply common sense.
The second thing is, get vocal. Call your state’s representatives and put pressure on them. It’s election time. They are interested in only one thing, and that’s getting elected. Use this vice to your advantage. Insist they shut down the borders, all incoming flights from Ebola stricken countries, bring back our troops from Ebola infected areas (who clearly don’t have the same training as the “experts”), and stop bringing patients back to the United States for treatment. There have been Ebola outbreaks in the past, and they have all subsided once containment was achieved and the victims either died are survived.
This is no joke, folks. This is an incurable human virus with close to a 75% fatality rate. It’s far more contagious than HIV (AIDS) and the Bubonic Plague, which killed off 75% of Europe’s population. Take the situation seriously. This is a highly incurable virus that left unchecked, could kill 10’s of millions in the United States alone, in less than a year.