It’s been all over the news lately about the latest outbreak of the Ebola virus. The death toll in the African nations where this virus originated is climbing steadily at an alarming rate. There are even instances all over the world where people are being tested because their symptoms show they potentially can have this disease. People are talking about the virus. Some are even making light of it but what exactly is the Ebola virus and should you be scared?
Hello @MileyCyrus I hear your tits have the Ebola
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 4, 2014
What is the Ebola Virus?
The Ebola virus is a very serious human disease. The mortality rate of this disease is anywhere from 60% to 90%. This virus can be acquired by coming in contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as blood, saliva, sweat, and semen. It can also be acquired by eating the meat or coming in contact with the bodily fluids of an infected animal. Dead bodies are also still infectious. It’s not specifically known if it can be spread through airborne methods. However, it can’t be ruled out, especially when it comes to sneezing and coughing.
Once infected, it typically takes anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks for symptoms to appear. Signs such as fatigue, fever, headaches, and joint, muscle, and abdominal pain are quite common. Also, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, and appetite loss are common. Other symptoms can include sore throat, chest pain, shortness of breath, and trouble swallowing. As the disease progresses, internal bleeding occurs such as reddening of the eyes, vomiting blood, coughing up blood, or blood in the stool. This is one serious disease with NO KNOWN CURE!
Ebola Virus in the U.S.
The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 and has been relatively tame. This latest outbreak has had an unprecedented amount of deaths. The Ebola virus had typically been restricted to only Africa. Until now.
Kent Brantly is a 33 year old missionary doctor. He is also a citizen of the United States. 59 year old Nancy Writebol is a missionary hygienist and also a U.S. citizen. Both people were responding to the current Ebola epidemic in Liberia, one of the three African countries stricken severely with this disease. Unfortunately, both Kent and Nancy contracted the Ebola virus. Both were given an experimental serum that had only been previously used on monkeys in hopes of fighting this deadly disease.
First, Kent Bradley was flown to Atlanta, Georgia. Next, Nancy Writebol was flown to Atlanta, Georgia. Both will receive treatment at Emory University Hospital, where doctors are confident the deadly virus won’t escape. These are the first known Ebola victims in the United States. Was the right decision made? Is it worth risking the lives of an entire nation?
Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days – now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2014
Good or Bad Decision?
Let me remind you that there is NO KNOWN CURE for the Ebola virus. There is also no real treatment for the virus specifically, only methods to treat the effects of the disease until your body possibly fights off the infection. The mortality rate can approach 90%. So was bringing infected Americans back to the United States a good or bad decision?
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, has received hundreds of emails and phone calls, mostly filled with anger and outrage. The CDC has brushed this off as merely being scared of the unfamiliar unknown and say people should have compassion. I agree that there should be some degree of compassion. But what about some compassion for the millions of unsuspecting citizens of a nation?
I have an analogy. Let’s say there’s a building on fire. Mr. Smith rushes into the blazing building in hopes of rescuing any trapped victims. Mr. Smith comes back out of the building but has caught on fire himself. Should he stay put and let firefighters come to him to extinguish the flame? Or should Mr. Smith run through the gawking crowd that has gathered to get to the fire fighters in order to be helped? People would be at risk from getting burned.
Where are all the people who always tell me to "go outside" now? I'll be indoors and ebola free, thank you very much. Outdoors = overrated
— Young Unsweetened (@KFCBarstool) August 4, 2014
A doctor on NBC Nightly News agreed with me-we should not bring Ebola into our country through two patients, but should bring docs to them.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2014
— Layfield/Cole Report (@LayfieldReport) August 4, 2014
Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both in Liberia voluntarily. They both knew the risk involved. It was a very courageous thing to put your own life on the line to help others. But that bravery becomes lost when once you go from being a hero to a victim and are willing to put your own life above the lives of countless others. I wish both Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol a successful, speedy recovery. However, I definitely don’t agree with the decision to endanger the lives of an entire nation. Hopefully, we’re not the ones getting burned in the end.