The Danger Of EbolaPosted: October 18, 2014
Ebola. Have you heard about it? Maybe heard about it way too much? Ebola is the latest reason that we’re all going to die.
A few months ago, wandering airliners were going to do us in. Between Ebola and Air Malaysia was Joan Rivers’ plastic surgeon; that guy was going to kill everyone. E coli on cantaloupes was the most dangerous thing on earth not so long ago. Before that, bird flu and swine flu – they were going to finish us for sure.
Yup, Ebola’s going to do it, this is definitely the big one. Sure, a person can’t get the disease without having direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with the disease. Oh, yeah, I’m leaving out the thing that’s going to get most of us – contact with infected bats. I touch so many bats every day; odds are that eventually I will touch an infected one.
Look, Here’s The Thing…
You’re not going to get Ebola. You’re just plain not going to unless you do something clever, like get an Ebola patient’s breast milk in your eye.
And yet, there is so much media driven hysteria and panic causing people to reach ridiculous conclusions.
On a large scale, consider that religious figures in the US and Liberia have blamed the existence and spread of the virus on gays and lesbians. This is plain silly.
We all know that there’s no way gay people have time to get involved with this virus situation because similar religious types been telling us that gays already have a project – destroying marriage as an institution. There are only so many hours in a day.
Individuals Are Over The Top Too
Yesterday, I was in a grocery store. I passed the cereal aisle and happened to hear a young woman say something to her mother about granola. I turned down the next aisle in time to hear a couple discussing whether the woman had really said “I have Ebola” and what they should do.
A little known symptom of Ebola causes those infected to blurt out their diagnosis. This is another reason why we don’t have to worry about the disease. With those infected unable to keep from identifying themselves as dangerous incubators of the virus, the disease telegraphs its potentially fatal punch so we can easily duck it.
A few days before that incident, I overheard another conversation about how quickly the parties felt the virus was spreading. An older man wrapped up his contribution to that conversation with the statement “they should take anyone with a fever and throw them off a bridge”.
Throwing feverish people off a bridge seems like a very reasoned response to the problem. I’m sure that gentleman would want to be handled in exactly the same way. Oh, and he’d want the same for his grandchildren too. Kids don’t get fevers do they? No, not unless it’s Ebola. Yeah, kids are just walking Petri dishes who are the perfect environment for the murderous virus to grow.
The Biggest Danger
The thing most likely to cause you, me or anyone that we know, a problem during this latest crisis is media fueled panic. The biggest danger isn’t from a soulless virus; panic is more likely to do any of us in.
Someone will read this and be incensed that we don’t agree about how dangerous this thing is. I’m sorry.
Please don’t throw me off a bridge.