I'm sure by now, everyone is aware that Ebola has reached the US. My question is, what is everyone so afraid of? We do not live in a third world country. If you vote and pay your taxes I think you should you be wise enough to realize the government and health officials will take necessary measures to avoid an epidemic. Is the government perfect? No. Does human error occur? Of course. But I'm not going to live my life in fear.
I happen to work in a healthcare setting. I'm not an expert by far but I recognize the difference between an actual threat and one that has been drummed up by media coverage and I must say, I'm beginning to get annoyed. At first my coworkers were asking lots of questions; which they should have because at that point no official protocols had been given to us. A few days later, I turned on the radio for the traffic report and heard three "updates" within a ten minute span. The same thing happened when I turned the radio back on at lunch. That night, the nurse that was infected in Dallas was transferred to NIH in Bethesda, MD. I happen to live in the DC area. The media had reported the story non-stop for the ENTIRE day, over and over. At about 10:45 pm I was watching "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC. I mean duh, who wasn't watching? Lo and behold, a breaking news banner appeared at the bottom of my screen which wasn't actually news. The nurse had arrived and a news chopper was following the ambulance down the beltway capturing video to "report" updates of the "situation". Really? I'm not even a little bit interested.
The next day the local TV and radio stations were bursting with updates. My Facebook news feed was flooded with super-long Ebola posts and hundreds of Ebola memes. I even wrote my own post which sparked the idea for me to write this article. And then I happened upon an article in The Washington Post that gave me pause. "West Africans in Washington say they are being stigmatized because of Ebola fear". People are shunning anyone who seems to be Liberian for fear that the person may be infected with Ebola. Some of those mentioned in the article are actually Liberian. But I think it's safe to say that the average person would not be able to distinguish a Liberian from someone of any other ethnic group. This is going too far.
As close as my family is to this nurse, I'm not at all concerned for our safety. Unless she knocks on my front door and spits on us, I think we will be just fine. I'm not opposed to taking common sense measures within reason to prevent infection. But all this fear-mongering about Ebola is over the top. People are saying the nurse should not have been transferred. We are all entitled to our opinion, but I would bet that if you were infected you would want the best treatment available. Meanwhile, most people don't even take the necessary precautions to avoid everyday illness. For example there are lots of people who don't get the flu shot, or wash their hands thoroughly and often. Lots of people never sanitize their cell phone, tablet or steering wheel and are against immunizing their children. I've had people cough or sneeze directly on an item and then attempt to hand it to me. No thanks, you hold on to that. The average American is not fully engaged in combating the cold and flu virus but is afraid of being infected with Ebola from hundreds of miles away. But as Kermit the Frog says, "That's none of my business".