posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 05:06 AM
When you think about it, it wouldn't even take a full-blown pandemic to wreak global havoc. Possibly because of the cinema, we have been conditioned
to fear the Ebola virus like the boogeyman. So here's a simplified scenario that doesn't examine the viral contagion possibilities.
If one person [patient0] from Uganda suddenly becomes symptomatic for Ebola while attending the Olympics in London:
1. There would be widespread panic.
2. Any kind of quarantine within London would be impossible.
3. There would be a mass exodus from London, possibly straining the infrastructure to the point of failure.
4. Some nations may panic and close their borders.
5. Other nations may quickly impose draconian testing and quarantine measures. (This sounds like the knee jerk reaction the US would have.)
6. Given the skittishness of the financial markets, fear could drive some markets down, while hoarding of resources could drive up commodity
Now that scenario is probably a worst case reaction to Ebola's second most devious characteristic: FEAR. However, it's probable that there would be
some international impact that likely would not disperse too quickly.
If you want to turn this into a really good horror story, imagine "patient0" ate dinner at a Salad Bar the night before he became fully symptomatic.
At that time, he felt rather tired and slightly feverish with a small headache.
His slight headache and fever caused him to forget to wash his hands when he left the restroom. At the salad bar he serves himself with the shared
serving utensils ubiquitous at such establishments. Other patrons after him handle the same utensils.
Patient0 is now shedding the virus in an environment that is perfect for transmission and infection. The patrons use shared utensils where infectious
agents can easily be transmitted from hand to hand. Hands are used directly in the eating process. In the case of bread, the food is often handled
directly. Oral ingestion is one of the primary means of contracting the virus.
Given the probability that the establishment is serving an international clientele, the virus now has a medium to spread worldwide. Because of the
incubation period of Ebola, the infected would not be aware of their condition until after they had returned home.
So now in addition to the fear element, there is an actual possibility of a pandemic.
If you liked this horror story, stay tuned for the sequel: "How the Ebola pandemic culled the heard!"