Warning: Contains extreme snark.
This post is motivated by my continuing frustration with the worldwide (and maybe particularly the American) media. They report what “sells papers” in a way that makes you…. want to buy more papers. Or read more or watch more or buy more…………. You get the idea.
After several kind and concerned inquiries, it has come to our attention that we should clear up a matter of concern:
No, we do not have ebola.
No, we will not bring it with us on the plane and release it on the innocent and unsuspecting public.
First of all, we are thousands of miles away from the “ebola nations”. Zambia sees little to no traffic from there. Actually, most of Europe is closer to Liberia than we are!
Two African countries have beaten the virus and have been officially declared Disease Free through stringent international protocols.
Very interesting to contemplate:
#1: WHO and the CDC have not released either the stat report of deaths that coincided with HIV+ patients, or the ages of the persons who died. (And if any of you can find that information for me, I would be extremely grateful- I have tried!) While ebola would obviously still be the “cause of death” it would be very significant, especially from a containment and treatment standpoint, to know how many of the afflicted/fatalities fall into these extreme risk categories.
#2: while the media is getting a total joy ride out of fear mongering the public, the WHO and the CDC have realized that the threat of infection is extremely SMALL. Think I’m lying? Go check the US State Department Travel alerts! These are probably the most stringent and paranoid alerts in the world. Traveling to Liberia? Don’t plan on touching any dead bodies? Your threat level today will be: LOW. No joke. You should look it up. Even I was surprised. Now, I’m not exactly signing up for a cruise off the West African Coast any time soon… but it did allay my fears that “we’re all gonna die!” 😛
Some people are getting sick- really, REALLY sick. Some people are dying. Let’s join together to pray for the brave men and women who are risking their lives to physically serve those afflicted with ebola. THAT is a grave health risk and the ultimate act of selfless service. Let’s pray for the families who are left behind after the death of a loved one.
And when I come to the US next month, you don’t need to go into hiding, run in fear, or secretly bathe in hand sanitizer. In fact… you might want to save that for your European friends. They are much, much closer to Liberia than I am!