Calm Down America! The Ebola Patients Are Not Going To Infect You

When I was ten years old I watched the movie,”Outbreak” and holy crap was I terrified. A deadly Ebola-like virus being spread like a common cold! Terrifying!! Then I grew up and realized I live in a first world country and it’s really, really unlikely to happen.

Unfortunately, the last week has shown me that people are still using that film as the source of their Ebola hysteria. Or they are freaking out because the news said so. It’s the swine flu panic all over again but on steroids.

Here’s why you don’t need to be afraid: Ebola does not move through the air like the flu. This means that you are not going to catch the virus just because the patients are on American soil. Unless you plan on touching their blood, urine, feces, sweat, or salvia you have nothing to worry about. 

It’s really easy to get caught up in the irrational hysteria when that’s all you hear on t.v. Hollywood makes scary movies about it. Everyone is afraid. We just have to slow down and remember this is not a village in Africa. We live in a first world country where lots of precautionary measures are being taken to ensure our safety. We live in a pretty safe bubble as far as infectious diseases go.

It should be noted that the two American patients who were infected have been given an experimental drug and doctors say they seem to be improving. So keep your fingers crossed.

Remember, as long as you don’t go traipsing down to the isolated unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and start licking the patient, you’re safe (well, there go MY weekend plans!- ed). Everything is under control. Turn off the t.v.


2 comments for “Calm Down America! The Ebola Patients Are Not Going To Infect You

  1. Samantha
    August 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Actually some strains can be transmitted via the air, but those strains are non lethal to humans

  2. maxmwill
    August 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve been familiar with Ebola ever since I read Richard Preston’s book, “Hot Zone”, and while that kind of sensationalized the symptoms of an Ebola infection(in short, you become a bag of raspberry mush with bones mixed in), with a bit more research, came to realize that Ebola isn’t very easy to catch, as long as you don’t come into any kind of physical contact with any slicks that fall off the patient, and in the US, that is a lot closer to impossible than a sane person hearing the voice of god in the normal course of their day.

    While a disease that causes you to basically melt from the inside out might be quite frightening, what’s scarier are those who seem intent upon capitalizing on panic mongering.

    I’ve been encountering a number of otherwise sane people who were actually afeared of Ebola coming into the US via these two infected citizens, and it took all the patience I had to carefully explain that the CDC already had things well in hand, and that there never would be an outbreak of any kind.

    There are enough scary things extant in the country, teabaggers drunk with power and trying to exercize that, ammosexuals running rampant, taking aim at whatever moving target they choose, or anything else. We don’t need an artificially generated panic about a disease that can never take a foothold in the US, unless the Ebola virus decides to take a flu virus on a date, and they make the beast with two backs, and Ebola is all of a sudden capable of being airborne, and that’s just not gonna happen.

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