Ebola is not a threat

Alex Lopez, Contributing Writer

When it comes to the topic of Ebola, I think that at least some of us can agree that it’s not a grand threat to America. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of if’s is a major problem or not. Whereas some know that Ebola isn’t a major threat others maintain a strong belief that Ebola is a threat. But reasons show it is not to be a hazard to America, because victims of Ebola victims can be better taken care of here, the disease itself isn’t easy to catch, and at this point, we’re simply reliving another incident.

At the moment, an estimation of 12,000 people died from Ebola in Africa. As well as an estimation of five cases in America, including Duncan. People are now thinking that just because one country fell victim to the disease, and a very small portion of Americans as well, we’re all doom. For one thing, Africa fell because of its weak health system and unhealthy environment. America is completely different, with its high quality health care, countless hospitals, and not to mention the CDC. We’re more than prepared to combat this disease, as well as treat the victims who seek help.

There’s also talk on experimental drugs that could help, but are only given to white patients. As people take notice to that, the government can’t hide, if they feel like they’re found out for committing such racial actions they’ll eventually give it to everyone to avoid accusations.

But many people are worried due to the Duncan case. But we have to remember that we sent thousands of people to assist with the disease. Did we really think there was no chance that a single person would bring that home? It couldn’t be helped, odds were it was bound to happen.

Also, Ebola is not an easy disease to catch. It can only be transmitted through the contact of bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, and such. Linda Poon, a writer who investigated on the disease states, “It’s harder to catch than the common cold,” Another thing is it not airborne, if it were, it would have hit America a long time ago. Also, Duncan would’ve made more victims on his plane, being he was in an enclosed space, sharing the same air as them.

Finally, we have lived through conundrums such as this one. In 2009, we were in a similar situation with a disease called the H1N1 virus, or Swine Flu. People were panicking, as Swine Flu was very contagious, and lethal. Especially since it was airborne. It was considered a pandemic, as it did take the lives of around 15,000 people. “…not all the people that have been tested to see whether the flu is pandemic or seasonal. So the numbers might be even higher,” stated by an expert from HowManyPeopleDied.

Will Ebola take lives? Definitely. Will it reach high numbers? Possibly. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the downfall of the US.