Let’s Talk Ebola, Shall We?

Okay, I know this subject is being talked about almost constantly these days, but it’s funny to me how worked up people get over this stuff. I live in Arlington, about 30 minutes away from the Dallas hospital that is treating the first case of Ebola in the U.S. The media is going crazy and where there’s media, there’s unnecessary fear.

Ebola is not an airborne virus. The only way you can get it is by coming in direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Bodily fluids are saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, blood, urine…well, you get the idea.

I’ve read several news stories and blog posts about people freaking out already. They’re pulling their kids out of school, stocking up on food and water; the way folks are acting, you’d think the apocalypse was upon us! I even read a story, and for the life of me I can’t find it again to post here, that said those who died from Ebola were rising from the dead. Seriously?

Let’s do something humans aren’t all that good at, let’s use some common sense. If you’re not a health care professional, you don’t have a whole lot to worry about. Yes, maybe the African borders should have been closed off, but you know what? They weren’t. Now, some of the best health care teams in the world are working on a solution and you can bet, now that Ebola found its way to a first world country, the treatment options and maybe even a vaccine aren’t too far behind.

Everybody needs to take a deep breath, calm down, and read a good book. Zombie books are nice this time of year.

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