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Plague of Terror

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It has come to the point that saying Ebola in a clinic is equivalent to shouting bomb on a plane.

Let me preface my opinion by saying that Ebola is a medical emergency that we need to research, treat and wipe off the map. We need to take the threat seriously.

However, living your life in a state of paranoia because of the illness is ludicrous. Yes, it’s scary; but there’s nothing you can do about it other than stay away from Africa.

Americans should be more worried about flu, measles, tuberculosis and HIV.

There are individuals calling for the cessation of flights from Africa. That seems like the solution until you realize that most people flying out of the infected areas are hopping to Europe or another location prior to landing in the U.S.

There are individuals calling for extreme screenings at airports. A test for Ebola isn’t instantaneous. Without barging on someone’s privacy, screening for fever and asking simple questions is about the limit.

I admit that it is scary that Ebola has entered the U.S., and I know that officials have failed in areas. But the only way to truly fight the disease is to let health experts figure out what is going on, learn from their mistakes and do what they need to do to prevent it from getting out of hand. A few may end up with the disease; that’s to be expected.

I watch the news in the morning and receive news alerts throughout the day about somebody was on a cruise with someone who might have been in the vicinity of someone who has/had Ebola. Really? The media is blowing the entire issue out of proportion and the readers are relishing it. It’s almost like a bad horror movie. I almost hope the zombies are next.

My number one annoyance is that people do not read the entire news article or do not research the full issue before they start belligerently posting their terrorizing social media updates about how they just know it’s going to spread and we’re all doomed. Maybe it will. I’m not saying it’s not possible; I’m saying that as far as the experts know it shouldn’t get out of control in the U.S. Your fear is more contagious and is the epidemic we need to cure first.

Your fear is justified. It’s a scary situation. However, know the facts and understand what is truly going on. The majority of people are misinformed and as a few politicians and columnists have already stated, the fear mongers are running rampant.

If you don’t know the whole story, don’t discuss it like you’re a professional on the front line. If you know pieces of what’s going on, try to fit them together to see the whole picture.

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Author: Jess

Texan by birth, Okie by current address. Journalist who caught the travel bug. I have a healthy dachshund obsession and spend endless hours reading about world history on Wikipedia.

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