posted on Nov, 1 2014 @ 09:58 AM
I still look at it this way:
Sure Ebola is most contagious when people are at their most ill which is why health care workers are most vulnerable. This is maybe why they should
think about isolating themselves as a last discharge of duty when they return, just to be sure they aren't sick themselves. Sure in the early stages
the odds they pass it on are low, but they aren't non-existent. And it isn't like this is something that almost everyone who gets it will recover
from. This is something that people need round the clock, specialized care to have the best chance of surviving.
So it's only wise to ask those who are exposed to keep themselves isolated until we know if they're sick or not. We only have so many hospital wards
that can handle both the pathogen and the level of care required to maximize survival chances. We only have so many health care workers. The more
cases of this we have, the more strain is placed on the system.
Right now it seems like a tiny amount and a lot of unjustified caution, but does anyone know where the tipping point is? Do we want to reach it or
even get close? Why continue to pretend that it doesn't exist and we are immune to it?
Yes, anyone who volunteers to go serve desperately ill people is a hero, but that heroism comes with responsibility and part of that responsibility is
to make sure you don't bring that illness home with you, and if you do, to do everything in your power to make sure you aren't putting others at
risk. If that wasn't made clear as part of their training and Hippocractic Oath, then our health care schooling is doing us all a disservice.