The panic regarding the Ebola virus being here in the U.S. has been downright silly.
Let’s go over how it spreads. In order to contract the disease, you have to touch the body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola or you’d have to be touched by objects contaminated with the virus.
Ebola is not spread via air, water, casual contact, or through food grown or legally purchased in the U.S. In other words, it requires direct contact.
If that’s not enough for you, consider this: how is this any different from the Swine Flu outbreak of 2009? Or the Bird Flu outbreak of 2005?
If you’re still here now, then it’s unlikely that Ebola will finally be the one to do you in.
Do people die because of these diseases? Yes. Unfortunately, though, a few people will be lost before it becomes successfully contained.
Don’t listen to the childish banter those politicians like Ted Cruz are giving you. They’re not certified scientists.
Travel restrictions, quarantines, and travel bans would not just be counter-productive to holding off the virus. Rather, the ramifications would be disastrous. People would instead be encouraged to skip by these securities, thus becoming untraceable.
The current screenings at airports, like it or not, will have to be enough. At least in this way, we would know when Ebola comes to the U.S.
The Center for Disease Control has said with confidence that they can keep the virus contained and you can bet they’re taking this a hell of a lot more seriously than you are.
So go about your lives as you usually would. It’s more likely the stress from your classes would kill you before Ebola had a chance to.
Actually, there are several things that are more likely to kill you before Ebola does. Newsweek was so kind as to round these up for you: bee stings, food poisoning, partying too hard, accidentally shooting yourself and malaria.
If you’d prefer, you can worry about those threats instead.