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Who is doing that?
Downplaying or making light of this disease is not a good idea.
What this means is that ebola has become a yet another political hammer used to bash the current administration. And, to avoid confusion, I have no admiration for the current administration.
What that means to me just to clarify. Stop all travel from the hot zone. Screening people at the borders and like another poster said getting emergency medical workers ready.
To be honest, SubTruth, the conservative approach would be what you suggest.
To be honest Phage you tend to air on the conservative side a little too much in my humble opinion.
So, you think that he thinks it's really, really contagious?
The judge walking into the apartment wearing no protection saying he was going to wear the clothes home.
This disease could care less about politics and the people should do the same dealing with it.
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
Because the people in the US arent prepared to do what the people there in Africa have been doing......burning the bodies, burning down the homes and walking away from any home thats been infected leaving everything there..
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: thirdcoast
Unfortunately many on ATS will ignore you and continue their fearmongering and doomsaying. The funny thing is if a vaccine were to come out for Ebola then most of the people pushing the fear now would do a complete 180 and start claiming that the Ebola hype was all a scam to get people vaccinated. Just look at the H1N1 threads to see proof of this phenomenon.
originally posted by: beezzer
Regardless of the severity of Ebola, the government and media will push the fear.
A frightened population is an easily controlled population.
Ebola has been around for a long time and still has not mutated to the point to where people can get infected just by being the same room with someone who has it.
Finally, some also question the official assertion that Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air. In late 1989, virus researcher Charles L. Bailey supervised the government's response to an outbreak of Ebola among several dozen rhesus monkeys housed for research in Reston, Va., a suburb of Washington.
What Bailey learned from the episode informs his suspicion that the current strain of Ebola afflicting humans might be spread through tiny liquid droplets propelled into the air by coughing or sneezing.
"We know for a fact that the virus occurs in sputum and no one has ever done a study [disproving that] coughing or sneezing is a viable means of transmitting," he said. Unqualified assurances that Ebola is not spread through the air, Bailey said, are "misleading."
originally posted by: weirdguy
a reply to: thirdcoast
I agree, for another example the H1N1 pandemic was much worse with something like 250,000 deaths back in 2009-2010.
In the US there were over 12,000 deaths and so far only 1 from ebola.
Final estimates were published in 2011. These final estimates were that from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (8868-18,306) occurred in the United States due to pH1N1.