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In Jacob Sullum’s Reason.com article, “Ebola Panic Control“, it is stated that:

“The current policies enacted by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will impede essential efforts to stop these awful outbreaks of the Ebola disease by deterring medical professionals from volunteering for humanitarian work that is stemming the epidemic at its source. Magnifying the Ebola threat in our imaginations, could magnify it in real life.

 

Fear Mongering:

(noun)

 The action of deliberately arousing fear or alarm about a particular issue.

Fox News provides great examples of this.  Take a look below:

(Video Credit: The Young Turks, Youtube)

 

 

671px-DRC_rivers.svgEbola Hemorrhagic Fever or Ebola for short is a severe and often fatal illness, if left untreated in humans. It is a virus originally transmitted to people from wild animals (bats), spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River, presently known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ebola is only spread through contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. Symptoms include: Fever, Severe Headache, Muscle Pain, Weakness, Fatigue, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Abdominal Pain and Unexplained hemorrhaging (bleeding or bruising).  Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.  Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response.  People who recover from Ebola Infection develop antibodies for 10 years.

 

 

What Really Happened:

In August of 2014, 2 American health aid workers contracted Ebola in West Africa.  They were subsequently flown back to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for treatment.  Both workers made full recoveries and were released.

Eric Thomas DuncanIn late September of 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan was the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in Texas.  On October 4, 2014 he was started on the developmental drug Brincidofovir, far too long after his arrival, his family stated.  On October 8, 2014, Duncan died of the disease and has been the only person thus far.

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(Photo Cred: Via Facebook) 

 

 Shortly after Duncan’s passing, Nurse Nina Pham (pictured with President Barack Obama) and Nurse Amber Vinson who were in direct contact after treating Duncan contracted the disease. Pham and Vinson have also made full recoveries. Amber Vinson

(Photo Cred: Akron, Ohio yearbook)

In late October, a New York City doctor, Dr. Craig Spencer returned from treating Ebola patients in Guniea, was tested and diagnosed positive as the fourth person with Ebola. He has been quarantined and treated at Bellvue Hospital. His condition has been reported to have improved.

 

Dr. Craig Spencer

 (Photo Cred: Dr. Craig Spencer via LinkedIn)

An Over Reaction:

After returning from Sierra Leone helping infected Ebola patients, Nurse Kaci Hickox was quarantined inside a makeshift tent, in Newark, New Jersey for days.Kaci Hickox27NURSEweb1-blog427

(Photo Cred: [left] Kara Hickox, [right] photgraphed by Kaci Hickox)

Hickox lives in Maine and her Governor, Paul LePage went to court to make sure her home isolation would be strictly enforced although the nurse tested negative for the disease twice. Because of this, it took nearly a FULL DAY for the local police to let a near-by pizzeria deliver food to Hickox’s house.  As a result, a day later the judge lifted her quarantine.

                                                                                                                                                          

What We Should NOT Do:

1. Ban flights from Ebola ridden countries. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t even work because there are no direct flights to or from the United States to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guniea. Those going to

463px-Symbol_thumbs_down.svgand from those West African countries have to connect flights in other countries.  This is a perfect example of overreacting.

2. Quarantine ALL people who have returned from West Africa, especially those who have not shown any symptoms or have tested positive for the disease.

3. Believe or tell others that Ebola is airborne or can be transmitted through water

What We SHOULD Do:

1. Relax!

2.Get educated, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Read articles from accredited news outlets to keep yourself knowledgeable about the current happenings of the disease.

3. Donate! The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the amount of $2.8 million  donated by the Paul  G. Allen Family Foundation,  is not enough to adequately respond to the current crisis. It is left up to us, and private companies to donate.  Here is one way to help.  Find Out How.

4. Eliminate peoples fears, don’t exacerbate them.Symbol_thumbs_up.svg




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