“And I know I’m damned if I never get out, And maybe I’m damned if I do, But with every other beat I’ve got left in my heart, You know I’d rather be damned with you.”
-Meatloaf- “Bat out of Hell”
Once again, people are looking for the next great plague to trigger the apocalypse to end it all despite how much they truly want to continue on. All a bunch of squawkers, or should I say screechers. Viruses come back full circle when others didn’t pan out as the media would have hoped; kind of like cults. Ebola, the fruit bat virus is back, and you probably originally thought it derived from monkeys for some odd reason.
Thomas Eric Duncan has become the first individual to die from the Ebola virus on United States soil. The forty-two-year-old Liberian worker set out to visit family in the United States in mid-September, but came in contact with a girl dying of the virus while trying to get her to the hospital where she was denied access and later passed away. He showed no symptoms upon arrival in Dallas, but later began feeling the effects of the deadly virus. He was initially sent home from the hospital, and then returned three days later; doctors then verified his blood was contaminated with Ebola. Duncan was living with a woman and three children who were moved from the apartment for precautionary measures days before he passed away from the illness (Buchanan, 2014). Two nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who worked on Duncan have now contracted the disease, and forty-eight other people who have been in contact with the man are being monitored (Shoichet, 2014). Not to mention, Vinson flew on a commercial jet carrying the virus before symptoms started to show.
This is how things spread, people. If you’re not careful, you can pass the flu around the office, or wipe out the entire population of a country. Since 1976, about 1,600 people have passed away from the Ebola virus, all being on African soil (WHO, 2014). 20,000 people die each year from influenza (Bhoolsuwan, 2014). It really puts the virus in perspective, but without proper treatment anything can happen. Well, I guess anything can happen anyway. I mean, autoerotic asphyxiation alone kills six-hundred people a year (Jenkins, 2011).
There have actually been claims that the Ebola virus was created by the CIA in order to exterminate the black man. There’s no conspiracy to wipe out a race, it’s not the 1940’s. In fact, people are trying to over-populate this world (especially the youth with their irresponsibility) and finding ways for everyone to live forever. Harvey Danger thinks so; just listen to the whole song and you will hear they lyric I’m subtly referencing.
You know, you exchange bodily fluids that way (gross). We keep looking for the apocalyptic plague that was predicted, but influenza has been it for as long as we’ve known it to be. Just because we can’t find a cure, it doesn’t mean we should target another virus so scientists and doctors can be heroes when they boost their confidence by curing Ebola. HIV/AIDS kills around 1.5 million people a year and Cancer takes the lives of 7.6 million worldwide. Pick any plague, any plague at all. I don’t want to sound cryptic, but we’re all damned.
Now, because of a slight scare that may lead to the end of civilization, and some slow media days, we must beware of fatal possibilities. Even more reason not to trust people or communicate with them. Finally, a break from this social madness. Just don’t shake a stranger’s hand, no matter how much candy they’re offering you, and don’t play with bats no matter how much you want to become a superhero.
In all seriousness though, think about the ones who have suffered, and don’t be stubborn if you’re not feeling well, get checked out.
Bhoolsuwan, P. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.8newsnow.com/story/26798114/doctors-people-more-likely-to-contract-die-from-flu-not-ebola on October 17, 2014
Buchanan, L. (2014) Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/01/us/retracing-the-steps-of-the-dallas-ebola-patient.html on October 15, 2014
Jenkins, B. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.oddee.com/item_98002.aspx on October 17, 2014
Shoichet, C. (2014) Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/index.html on October 15, 2014
World Health Organization (WHO) (2014). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/ on October 17, 2014