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"The demands of the Ebola outbreak have completely outstripped the government’s and partners’ capacity to respond," the WHO warned.
"The patients are hungry, they are starving. No food, no water," a "terrified woman" told Reuters. "The government needs to do more. Let Ellen Johnson Sirleaf do more!"
Although the dire predictions remain just that -- predictions -- the fact that the WHO and Liberia's own government are sounding the alarm so loudly is doing little to calm people in the country. Residents in Monrovia, according to AFP, "described an atmosphere of fear paralyzing daily life" there, particularly after the WHO's prediction of a spike in Ebola infections.
"I am afraid," 45-year-old Kluboh Johnson said, according to AFP. "I don't know what to do now actually. Where are we going? Are we all going to die? If WHO can say this kind of thing it means we are finished."
originally posted by: armakirais
New numbers came out today ! apps.who.int...
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: armakirais
Looks like countries' reports are spotty and incomplete - Liberia's last report was September 9 - they're probably all totally overwhelmed.
originally posted by: negue
Ikonoklast, I think your charts and projections will look optimistic when we reach December 2014...
Have you seen what the WHO is saying now? "With a faster response, cases could be kept in the tens of thousands". Even scarier (scariest?): "this Ebola outbreak is a crisis unparalleled in modern times".
Today, thousands of people in West Africa are infected.
That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected...
Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg told DW that he and his colleagues are losing hope for Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries worst hit by the recent Ebola epidemic.
"The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed," he said. That time was May and June. "Now it is too late."
Schmidt-Chanasit expects the virus will "burn out itself" in this part of the world.
With other words: It will more or less infect everybody and half of the population - in total about five million people - could die.
"With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health."
Virologist Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute, linked to Eugenics policies, says we need to just let it "burn itself out" in West Africa. Right. Let it spread, mutate and evolve, and infect animals with the new airborne strain. Then what? Napalm Africa to kill all the infected animals - and now-immune humans?
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: ikonoklast
I commented on Schmidt-Chanasit's "analysis" when it was published - making the point that he and the Bernhard Nocht Institute are historically linked to Eugenics policies (from the Nazi era to more recently). I suspect his take on the Ebola epidemic is informed more by Eugenics bias than current scientific understanding.
The only real solution is to try and stop the epidemic in West Africa. Yes, it may be too late. But there's still a chance so we have to try - because NOT trying just guarantees failure.
...This is the second time you've pointed out to me in the Ebola threads that I've quoted or linked to German experts or groups of experts and institutions with such a history. I double-checked to be sure this wasn't the same person and institution we talked about before, and it's not.
So we have multiple virologists/epidemiologists with interests in Ebola working for German medical institutes that have histories of eugenics and Nazi involvement and that are run by the current German government . It may be that it would be hard to find a medical institute in Germany more than 70 years old that didn't have such a history, or it may be that this is almost as frightening as the Ebola epidemic!