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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

Ebola


Your odds of getting Ebola are very slim. It is not yet airborne. The disease, according to our government, spreads only through contact with bodily fluids, including saliva, blood, vomit and sweat. There is no need to stop travel to and from West Africa, especially since such action could damage the African economy.

 
Another person with the Ebola virus has just been isolated in a Texas hospital. He traveled from Liberia to Belgium to Dallas after carrying a woman with the virus to a shelter in Africa. The government has tracked down and isolated 100 others who came into contact with this man.


There was a quarantine provision in effect during the Bush administration, but that has since been canceled. Instead, there are other government processes, advisories, and protections in effect. Here are the best of them, so far:

 
1. Air passengers should wash their hands.

 
2. Follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for updates.

 
3. Avoid travel to West African countries dealing with Ebola.

 
4. Check the World Health Organization (WHO) website for vaccines. There are many, just not for Ebola.


5. Buy life insurance when you travel (No, I don’t make this stuff up.)!

 
Here is the most effective government plan at the present time: All passengers traveling to the USA from West Africa must fill out a form stating whether they have Ebola and whether they have come in contact with someone with Ebola. The man who arrived in Dallas lied on his form, but Liberia intends to prosecute him, if he recovers.

 
I feel better now.

 
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31 comments:

  1. Unbelievable... I for one don't trust what they say about this 'virus'.. their info on the incubation, etc., even down to the so called 'filtered air' on planes, is all sketchy.. They mention the downfall of communication at the first Texas hospital.. par for the course of human error nowadays... we're doomed.

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    1. KBF: I hope we're not doomed, but we are stupid.

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    2. The logical folk who don't take what they hear as the 'full truth' and question aren't like the rest (sheeple)... Its funny how those that do believe everything they hear on the news do so probably because then they don't want to look further. Have u read " A Nation of Sheep"? by Lederer... those are who we should be afraid of.

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    3. KBF: Yes, a long time ago. The U. S. government has consistently lied to the American people about foreign entanglements.

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  2. Oh, just...ouch. Because I am keeping it G-rated.

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    1. Liza: Thank you, but it deserves at least an R.

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  3. Basically we cannot protect ourselves against nature. :( Taking precautions is all we can do (and not lying on forms) When we come to the US we have to fill out a form to confirm we are not coming to the US to commit a crime. I wonder who ever says "yes" to that one.

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    1. Jenny: Nature always prevails. I hope we do not incur Her wrath.

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  4. Things are moving right along, according to plan. (Their plan)

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    1. Manzi: Seeing "Psycho" for the first time was less scary.

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  5. I'm not too concerned about it, but I hope the virus stops affecting so many soon.

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    1. Miranda: Understood. My post was more an indictment of government than a call for panic. Like you, I hope the virus stops affecting so many soon.

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  6. I know I feel better after reading that list.

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  7. In Germany all the frontiers are open - nobody asks whether you are sick or not coming back from another country. I hope they find something to fight the disease - in Africa, and, if the many people who heroical volunteered for helping in Africa, come back (we have the first Ebola-patient in Hamburg's hospital, quarantine).
    The advice to wash one's hands reminds me of the advice they gave the population in case of an atomic war: creep under a table and put a briefcase over your head (no joke!).

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    1. Britta: I remember hiding under the desks in school drills. I am sad to hear Ebola has entered your beautiful country too. Let's hope that first case is the last.

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  8. Oh yes, we should all rest easy now. Hmm. If only filling out forms could be the answer, imagine that world. Sadly, too many folks look the other way, it'll never happen here. It doesn't concern me. Until, it eventually slips through the crack.....

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    1. Karen: Hmm is right. A little government common sense would go a long way (I know. An oxymoron). It's the stuff science fiction is made of, but even fiction is based largely in fact (a topic for another post).

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  9. See those that dismiss this aren't reading stories like this latest read for me
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-outbreak-patient-hospitalized-in-d-c-with-possible-ebola-symptoms/

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    1. Karen: That is indeed a scary report. I just heard today that another infected worker in Liberia is on his way to the USA for treatment. Stupidity is incapable of outsmarting Nature. We don't want to panic, but it would be nice if our leaders were honest and used common sense (a naïve thought).

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    2. If only they would, I agree.

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  10. They just rely on people's honesty on a form? Someone might lie on his form--but someone might also just not yet know he has Ebola when he's filling out the form. Seems there could be a better way of knowing for sure, but I'm not sure how...

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    1. Stephanie: Frightening, isn't it?

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  11. Whoever came up with the form idea should be demoted. Everyone should probably have their temperatures taken with an ear thermometer, as they go through security. Although the traditional method is more accurate.

    Julie

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    1. Julie: I could not agree more. It is all just common sense.

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  12. I can't wait until we, the American public, get to find out that there has been yet another 'underestimation' of the actual threat level.
    Have I mentioned that seeing evidence of regular beheadings every week or so is not very comforting?

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    1. Jasmine: As Hilary mentions below, "It's a mess."

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  13. Hi JJ - this particular threat isn't funny is it - but there's nothing we can do here ... I just feel desperately sorry for those affected - because comfort is the one thing we can give each other .. and they cannot have that now.

    It's a mess ... but we never know exactly what's going on with anything ..form filling is ridiculous ... I admire all who help and offer to do so ...

    Let's hope somehow this and all the other problems can be solved - Middle East, Ukraine ... etc ... Hilary

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    1. Hilary: I guess there are just evil forces in the world and all we can do is go with the flow of Nature.

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