a reply to: tadaman
Are you serious?
Look, I agree with AnteBellum that all persons getting off flights from Ebola affected regions, or who have passed through those regions within a
certain time frame of arrival should be quarantined, and I think they should be transported on separate flights to people who have not been in those
regions at all, to reduce exposure risk.
But the reality is that samples need to travel from one lab to another, in order for proper vaccines for this particular strain to be created. The
people at Doctors Without Borders, and other health organisations are doing far more out there in West Africa, than merely mopping brows. They are
offering the only known treatment which can save lives, hydration and so on, in nations which simply could not offer that care themselves, and along
side that they bring expertise in infectious disease control to the party which just does not exist in the same skill level in West Africa, and yes, I
say that despite the fact that a few medics have come back with the disease. They are on a front line out there, and things get messy.
The fact is, that without medical intervention from the rest of the world, the disease as it stands would be traveling faster than it is, and if
there had been more of it last year, when the actual outbreak began, this crap that we are seeing now, just would not be happening.
Having experts on the ground, monitoring the situation and reporting back to a centralised body, means that the disease expansion can be tracked,
resources re-deployed to counter it, and without that the infection will spread faster and faster, until nothing what so ever can be done about it.
So in summary, yes, there needs to be better control on people coming and going from regions affected by Ebola. But do not, in saying so, suggest
that the people who have gone out there and done ANY damn thing for those affected, are wasting their time, or any less of a sterling bunch for doing
so. You can blame the government of your country for being lax in its protection of its citizens, for not providing effective quarantine measures, for
not insisting that all persons going to the affected areas remain there until they either die, or the disease dies off, but you cannot have a crack at
the only people actually DOING something about the problem at its source!