Days of Change

Real Foreign Threats | July 29, 2014

West Africa is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola in the short, but brutal history of the disease. The disease is treatable, but can only be fought off by a person healthy enough to survive it with the help of supportive medical care. Estimates are that it is up to 90% fatal if left untreated. A vaccine has proved elusive, considering that the medical community still doesn’t have a definitive origin identified for Ebola.

Smaller outbreaks of Ebola have been limited to small populations away from the cities. This outbreak has broken though that barrier, becoming harder to isolate and slow the progression. I suspect that if this pandemic continues, more nightmare scenarios will come out about how easily an outbreak could occur in the United States. This is still possible, but we still have modern medicine and a lot of infrastructure to deal with potential disasters.

Anyone who contracts Ebola is in big trouble. If symptoms aren’t caught in the earliest stages, it is deadly. For villages in Africa, the likely transmission is due to close proximity to food sources infected by fruit bats or meat from infected monkeys. The US doesn’t have that problem. We have more concern about physical contact spreading the disease. We’re not very self-sustaining in this country, however. After Hurricane Sandy, NYC dwellers were dumpster diving for food. Something like Ebola is a city extinction event, even if there is some warning.

The only good thing about this disease is that the scientists dealing with it know they are limited in their ability to deal with it and except they have limited knowledge of it. They act quickly and methodically, rather than the useless climate scientists who think they know everything and act in every wrong way possible. If those people ran the WHO, we’d be dead.


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  1. It’s already here. Of course, quarantining incomers from Africa would be racist.

    Comment by Mary — July 29, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

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