Ebola!!! 20,000 more cases predicted, just in October
Wow, Twenty Thousand more cases of Ebola predicted just during the month of October. Think about that. Wrap your head around that number for a few minutes, which works out to be Five Thousand per week, Seven Hundred Fourteen per day or thirty per hour. This current outbreak has killed around 2,800 people in five West African countries since March of this year. Six months, do you understand the significance of this, if not this next sentence will explain it better? In all the earlier reported cases from 1976 through 2012 approximately 1590 people died. In thirty-six years only 1590 people died. That works out to be less than 4 deaths per year.
An estimated 5,800 people have been infected with the virus, which has no known cure. The World Health Organization (WHO) has repeatedly said that the actual number of infections and deaths is almost certainly higher than the official figures. And now they are saying 20,000 more cases just in the month of October. The question has to be asked; to what limits will the WHO be willing to go to, to control this epidemic/endemic which some would say is bouncing on the Pandemic balloon, it just hasn’t popped yet.
When one looks at the measures that need to be taken to stop the spread of this virus we will cross a line not imaginable by the majority of people in the world. American’s have in the past held a certain level of compassion when it comes to the sick among the world especially involving children. Let a commercial come on television showing a child drinking water from a source that will surely render him with an unmanageable illness by morning and the credit cards come out. My question to this is if the water was so bad why did the producers let him drink from the fountain of death in the first place. Were they looking for the “shock effect” well it worked? Millions have been sent to these third world country’s many of them the same country’s now being affected by the Ebola virus. Wow, they didn’t see this coming.
According to a The New York Times article, a report by WHO also raises the possibility that the outbreak will cause Ebola to become endemic in West Africa. Endemic! Endemic to West Africa, hello, open your eyes it already has become “endemic”. Endemic according to Webster’s online Dictionary means 1. Belonging or native to a particular people or country. 2. Restricted or peculiar to a locality or region. The definition that seems to best reflect their use of the word is; an organism that is restricted or peculiar to a locality or region; an endemic organism. Oh, that makes me feel safe knowing that is only indigenous to West Africa. I can sleep well tonight knowing that those three thousand soldiers our president sent to that area are safe as they are not of that area and the rest of the world can sleep well knowing the virus is limited to that area. If you find security in those words let me know how that works for you.
Here is my take on this virus. This is not the first area to be affected in Africa. Yes this virus seems to be endemic to that area but not totally limited to that area. It can and will spread to other country’s including America if we don’t stop it now and make really hard decisions to contain it to this area.
Other outside experts in a Fox News article dated September 23,2014 questioned the WHO’s projections and said Ebola’s spread would ultimately be slowed not only by containment measures but by changes in people’s behavior. My response to their statement is slowed is not the word we want to see in this setting. Stopped would have been a better choice if that were possible. Under current regulations regarding travel to and from these infected countries stopped is not going to happen.
In our current world with all the means of travel, flying virtually anywhere in the world within hours sets a stage where diseases can be transmitted by people that aren’t even aware they are carriers. The following information can be found on the WHO website. “The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the Ebola virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.” How many of us experiencing these symptoms (not being familiar with Ebola) would just think we’re coming down with a cold or the flu and go to work, the movies, ball games, etc.
Now, here comes the part that really makes me angry especially at the arrogance of the Emory Clinic and any other clinic that welcomes with open arms those who are infected. This also from the WHO website.
People remain infectious as long as their blood and body fluids, including semen and breast milk, contain the virus. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness. The thought of 3,000 soldiers being in this infected region of Africa possibly contracting the disease, not knowing they are carriers and returning to America and start spreading Ebola thinking they only have a cold or flu through direct contact with close family members and if single having unprotected sex with their girls friends or with prostitutes.
Several weeks ago I heard one estimate saying an infected person showing signs of being cured should remain under quarantine for 42 days. That’s 42 days from first day of being cured not from the onset of the illness. That runs close to the 7 weeks WHO says a man can carry the virus. Emory Hospital did not stay within the accepted recommendation of 42 days with the doctor and health care worker who were sent here for treatment. While I am glad both are showing signs of being cured I hope neither have been intimate or intimately close with anyone.
Now, for the hard part, stopping this virus. Everyone agrees the only way to stop this virus is to stop anyone from coming in contact with an infected person. Not touching the sick! How can that be accomplished? The World Health Organization is going to have to close off the infected areas just as Chernobyl, Ukraine was closed off. Were people left in that area? Yes. Were they left with the knowledge that they were going to die? Yes. However, how many people were saved by their not allowing anyone into the area to become contaminated? A line has to be drawn and drawn deep in the sand. Close off an area large enough to where the resources we have now can be used more effectively to treat the minimal number of infected people left outside the quarantined area. For Liberty and Freedom. Ernie
Information for this article taken from the following:
Fox News Service
World Health Organization
Websters Online Dictionary
Notes and memory from multiple talk shows.