There is a lot of panicky reaction not all of it spontaneous. There is a concerted effort to influence the upcoming elections by warning of Ebola coming over the Southern Border. Standing out like a sore thumb, not speaking Spanish, is not the easiest way into the US. Canada is another matter. I suspect that the NY City economy is already slightly worse off by Africans (and maybe now already a few Europeans) landing in Montreal worried that a fever for any reason disrupting a flight through NY City, then spending some money in Canada for a couple of weeks so as to avoid a conceivable panic at the US border. New quickly built, cheap hotels at the airport would mean good jobs.
Unbroken skin not chapped with too much cleanser and bleach is hard for a virus to directly penetrate. More and more people after they shampoo apply a slightly acid rinse. Putting a special rinse faucet in bathrooms with the acidity and the salt content of human sweat and perhaps a little silver nitrate included. New stylish clothing and also some plain brands embedded with silver nitrate would save lives in Sierra Leone especially gloves and be a hot selling item in the US. Any politician who fixates on the Southern Border and Ebola is more interested in votes then in stopping an epidemic. A healthy cry in the last election was Green Jobs, in this election a healthy cry would be Safety jobs. Joining tropical Africa in stiffening trade and travel and inching toward a Depression is not the solution.
Now for the article I wanted to write, but fear of adding to the panic made me include the above comments first.
Six months ago it would have made no sense, and people would have known it, to burn a flu-victims belonging’s, instead of just heating to the boiling point, (actually less is needed) then refusing to accept the ash in a landfill similar to radioactive waste being refused. It is not only in America. The Sierra Leone soccer team are being treated like lepers were in Medieval Europe. None of team have been home since July where all sports matches are on hold. Some opposing teams have refused to shake their hands, everywhere they go they get their temperature taken. Games are fortified. In Cameroon they were moved to a new hotel where the team was the only occupant. See, “Sierra Leone’s Soccer Team Struggles With Stigma Over Ebola Outbreak”
Let’s stop a few moments and think about what is going on. Everyone take a moment to scratch ones head.
Is Ebola playing on our primitive instincts, something like fear of spiders and snakes?
In Liberia Ebola survivors are sometimes considered zombies, Google, “Ebola victims ‘rise from the dead’ causing panic among locals”.
This may have something to due with our primitive instincts. Our ancestors protected themselves from wild animals by sleeping around a fire, and feared snakes and spiders who didn’t run from their fire. They also avoided disease spreading sick non-relatives, though hundreds and thousands of years of evolution like mice who never saw a cat never-the-less on first encounter fear a cat. Cave dwellers never understood air born infection. Thus perhaps because of our instincts, lepers caused panic during the middle ages and Ebola victims likewise do today.
Logical arguments seem to have no effect on emotion people responded to the hysterical lies. With Debo Adegbile the lie that he was in Paris celebrating a street named for Mumia was responded with what a distinguished scholar Mr. Adegbile, Instead of proving he wasn’t there with pictures of the American guests together. Iran’s UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi was called a terrorist for being called to Teheran to translate during the Iranian hostage crisis. Instead of responding what a distinguished person he is, it should have been noted that the female hostages might not had been released if they didn’t find a translator as their demands keep increasing. A year cooped up with hostile men would have been traumatic, Thank you Hamid for perhaps saving them from this.
OK here is some rash statements to oppose rash hysterics, instead of all the let’s calm down remarks.
Ebola survivors aren’t zombies returning from the dead but I declare are really gods coming to save us. Beside injecting their Holy blood we need to eat their Sacred feces and drink their Divine urine.
Oh well, if we do this we won’t die from Ebola not that we might not get sick from something else.
One of what I consider to be the worse case scenarios would be as like with Malaria where in rich countries one is cured of Malaria, A few years ago adults used to survive if one reached a hospital, but today if you are poor in Africa you die from Malaria. In that future it might be hard for an illiterate peasant (who has immunity as a Ebola survivor) taking care of a sick relative to manage to offer them any of his blood especially if they didn’t know which blood type, eating feces would more likely lead to survival.
To back up a moment just Ebola survivors taking care of the sick without masks and gloves will also break the spell. What kind of spell is the modern world in in-order-not-to see the obvious Ebola survivors like with small pox in the past need to work without gloves and masks.
PS in Guinea medical workers who warned villagers to stay away from Ebola victims were attacked and had their throat slit. The villagers thought they were liars. Perhaps the attackers were Ebola survivors taking care of the newly sick without any problems. Someone should check them in their jail cell to see if they have Ebola immunity.
Some of what I say might be wrong, but one way or another we have to be as colorful and as pushy as those spreading hysterics. Somehow we got to combat emotion with emotion, not believing that sprinkling on some calm logic will extinguish the panic.
Spread the word, Ebola survivors must take care of the sick without masks and gloves to stop looking scary, to be more efficient, and to stop the branding Ebola victims as pariahs. And lastly to save a bit of tribal culture that is being pulverized by Ebola.
For more check out, Ebola, the Real Worst Case Scenario Horror