Friday, October 24, 2014
MAKING LIGHT OF EBOLA
Two nurses got infected even though they had protective equipment, an NBC camera man got infected and now two doctors who returned from the Ebola affected zones got infected. A nurse from Spain who returned from West Africa got infected in Spain, and in a panic even her beloved dog was destroyed. And now nightmare of nightmares the last one to contract the virus was a doctor who rode the subways, played bowling and went about his business completely happy and undisturbed. But listen public, do not panic and don't worry be happy; that seems to be the singsong they are feeding us. "Don't worry be happy." Really? In a dense, overpopulated city like New York? In those subways where all the time now we ride like sardines from dawn to dusk? Tell that to the unfortunate cab driver who took the doctor to his destination. Tell that to the hapless, innocent people who rode the subways with the doctor. Tell that to the dry cleaning man who must be terrified. Tell that to the waiter or waitress that served him in a restaurant. Yet no matter what happens or how many more people fall victim to this often deadly, terrifying disease, we are told not to worry, that it can only be contacted through bodily fluids. Really? The truth is that we don't know everything and we are a reactive government rather than a preventive government. If doctors without borders want to risk their lives caring for those unfortunate souls in West Africa, they should be quarantined upon returning to America and come back in special, private planes, the rest of the population there should not be allowed in this country till Ebola is eradicated and there is a vaccine. That would be the logical, self protective, life saving thing to do; but no, we're sitting ducks here with no protection whatsoever. Taking the temperature of people arriving in America is a joke. How South Africa who banned all flights from West Africa must be laughing at us now. They haven't had one case yet because they have made sure that they wouldn't. . But we're full of ridiculous excuses such as "They will only find a different way to get here." Really? How does South Africa control that? The hard truth is that we don't want to instill measures that will work, period, end of conversation. We're too busy worrying about others to care about our own population, to say nothing of our economy. But listen people, "Don't worry be happy." The world is going to hell, with ISIS, with home grown terrorism, with different groups of terrorists competing for attention and everything else, but we should continue plugging along. And that phony stock market should continue rising because the feds left everyone else without a penny of interest permanently so there is nowhere else to go if you happen to have a little money saved. Yet out of all those threats, Ebola is by far now, the deadliest of them all. But nothing is going to be done about it so once again, "Don't worry be happy."