a reply to: neo96
I do remember the hysteria about swine flu in 2009. There were calls to stop all travel across borders at that time, and it was already too late (I
know this for sure as I was one that brought it into my area from Mexico two weeks before any public knew about a new flu). Of course now the swine
flu is endemic and the primary flu of the flu season.
Maybe there was more hysteria in that case than was called for, but with swine flu and Ebola there were major differences:
1) There was already some population immunity to swine flu from other exposures - in the case of Ebloa there is no natural or acquired immunity - with
exception of Brantly and Writebol and the doc in Nebraska (only three in population of 300 million);
2) There was the ability to ramp up effective vaccines for swine flu - at this point there is no vaccine for any type of Ebola (Older or newer
3) Swine flu was already epidemic below our border, much harder to keep out - Ebola is currently isolated across the ocean (for NOW) and there is a
slim window of opportunity for us to keep it from being widespread here - if what we know at this point is remotely true (and I discount the CDC lies
4) Swine flu CFR was less than 2 - 5% - still killed more here in this country alone than Ebola has killed over there (so far), but Ebola with a CFR
of 50 - 90% is catching up so fast it will dwarf any flu death numbers within the next month - if not already so.
I remember co-workers thinking I was being hysterical about it that summer after me and the wife recovered from it...those same co-workers were
approaching me in confidence, with fear, that winter after their kids were sick and other kids in their group were hospitalized, a few in intensive
care, and deaths were being reported. and THAT was JUST the flu.
I see the hysteria about Ebola being more about our government handling of it - the U.S. should be doing more to protect it's citizens than it is so
far shown a willingness to do.
It is always wise to consider 'worst case scenarios' when dealing with threats, that is not hysteria, that is reality. Hope for the best, but
prepare for the worst, and consider all possibilities - that is my motto for living (at least since 2001 when worst-case came to my doorstep and
kicked my ass into a new world). We can hope it won't happen here, and say it 'might not' happen here...but we cannot at this time be lulled into
believing it isn't possible for it to happen here, because it is.
If nothing changes drastically, and SOON, this will be spreading here and will be the reality of this new world. Ebola lives indefinitely on cold
surfaces, and Ebola can be carried by other mammals (example - dogs are asymptomatic carriers - it is found in a third of dogs tested in areas it is
endemic). Ebola outside a temperate zone will spread wildly in winter months, much easier than it spreads in a temperate zone, and that factor negates
any advantages we have in sanitation and medical care.
So, carry on and keep prepping for the inevitable, and FIGHT and PROTEST for changes NOW while we CAN. It is not hysteria, it is wisdom and common