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Straight put, this is fear-mongering at its finest.
Everyone said Swine Flu was serious too. Look how that turned out.
AFAIK, Ebola is a lot more serious?
Incorrect, the death toll for h1n1 outbreak of 2009 is estimated to be 200k worldwide and nearly 20k in the US, despite vaccines being made available to the public.
Yearly death tolls from flu are estimated to be at 15k-50k in the US alone. There's a wide margin there from year to year.
So answer me this, how many of you have gotten a flu shot? How many of you have gone to work/school sick or running a fever, or have been with coworkers/classmates who are clearly sick? You have a much higher likelihood of both contracting it as well as dying from it over ebola.
Here are the reasons why a widespread infection in the developed world is highly unlikely:
Of over 10k cases reported of ebola, most of which are found in West African countries, almost 5,000 people have died. This is tragic - but the estimated death rate of ebola is 70%, so we're actually beating the statistics on this disease. As terrible and sad that the death rate is so high, we're kinda kicking its ass, and as soon as a first patient is found in a country outside of the starting points of the disease, so far we're doing a pretty good job at containing it.
Ebola is first contracted by eating bushmeat, something that many tribes rely on especially in times of famine. There is a strong correlation between when these wild animals start getting sick or shrinking in numbers and when an Ebola outbreak occurs. As such, the WHO has found that when these species start shrinking, they should start stockpiling supplies. Despite health organizations warning tribes of the dangers of eating bushmeat, they still do it. This might be a cultural thing, but it is also a survival thing - I either eat this and risk getting sick (not knowing the full extent of ebola's effects on themselves and society) or else I die of starvation.
For the western world, ebola doesn't appear to occur, luckily for us. We're also pretty wellfed despite the homelessness problems of the developed world. However don't expect that you can live in the wild, isolated from society without the risk of contracting a deadly disease; diseases like the bubonic plague can occur naturally in nature, and that's assuming you don't accidentally kill yourself through lack of medical care of infected cuts/bruises or exposure, eating poisonous fruit/plants, or eating otherwise infected meat.
Ebola is spread only when the patient is showing signs of sickness - a fever is the greatest indicator. You cannot get sick from ebola unless you come in contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has it. So simply, don't lick anyone you don't know.
Widespread panic and fear of the disease has caused a lot of unrest in the areas greatest effected by ebola. The WHO/CDC/Western world's original lackluster response, along with the western worlds terrible treatment of Africa in the past, has caused distrust. Violent coupes are breaking into hospitals, "saving" the sick by returning them to their families and stealing infected supplies for dispersal...which as we know increases the spread of ebola. The tribes this is effecting are afraid of losing control of their people. Unfortunately, give the hardship we have forced on Africa in the past, this isn't entirely an unfounded claim. The reasoning behind it is any of the following: doctors are giving the sickness to their people, or are intentionally letting them die, or are worshiping the disease, or are making the entire thing up; that this is only malaria. Which this is why fear mongering and panic is absolutely ridiculous...we know better. The information is out there on ebola. People are scared or worried thanks in part to elections in November - they're using this to charge their own personal agendas.
Since ebola victims discharge a lot of fluids - blood, bile, all that disgusting junk - health care professionals and those taking care of sick family members, etc. are at the highest risk of contracting the deadly disease. Couple this with ghetto like conditions, with rarely there being drinking water or sanitation of any kind and disease runs rampant. You will notice the full quarantine that has happened in Georgia - this is not the case in Africa, where open windows or open air hospitals are the norm. People who are infected or possibly infected are held together until they can be tested and discharged, which isn't sanitary and is very dangerous for those who are not sick but forced to stay in this quarantine. So far, the Western world has shown the foresight to alert medical professionals of possible contraction.
So why has it appeared here? Why are people getting sick, despite this? The first part: we don't care. We don't care about "those savages" in Africa and we didn't care until we flew the first health care professional to Georgia. We weren't sending aid because it didn't effect us. All of sudden, not only is it "here" but also it is starting to show an impact on trade. The Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa that is sold to companies such as Nestle and Mars. The Ivory Coast has closed their borders against infected countries where they get their labor from. Without enough people to farm and produce these products for the chocolate industry, there is a huge concern on what this might mean for Nestle/Mars the world's chocolate supply and cost. Sounds silly, because it is "just" chocolate - until you realize it is because of this these companies have finally decided to care enough to send aid.
Secondly: mismanagement. We really screwed up when first responding to the outbreak, and it wasn't until it hit the media that these countries started getting the supplies they needed...and even now, over crowding, sending people away, lack of equipment is a huge problem in Africa. The man in Dallas went to the hospital as soon as he thought he had it, and they sent him away the first time even though he showed plenty of symptoms to confirm ebola. The nurse working with him contracted it because that specific hospital was not correctly set up to handle infectious diseases.
Third: Fearmongering. Stop. Just stop. Panicking, freaking out is not helping a damn thing. Panic and misinformation is one of the reasons the spread of ebola has occurred in African countries. This is an election year - it is in politicians' best interests to blame the "other guy" for causing the outbreak. The truth of the matter is that shutting down flights and going into isolation will only destroy the airline industry. The man in Dallas I believe flew in from Belgium, so we'd still see people come in. Even if we went into isolation mode, at most we might by 5 to 6 months before another case shows up. It is so completely ineffective it isn't worth doing.
In short, as much as I hate the saying, keep calm and carry on. And get a damn flu shot.