Monday, October 20, 2014

Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER, NYT
OCT. 19, 2014

In the month since a Liberian man infected with Ebola traveled to Dallas, where he later died, the nation has marinated in a murky soup of understandable concern, wild misinformation, political opportunism and garden-variety panic.

Within the escalating debate over how to manage potential threats to public health — muddled by what is widely viewed as a bungled effort by government officials and the Dallas hospital that managed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — the line between vigilance and hysteria can be as blurry as the edges of a watercolor painting.

A crowd of parents last week pulled their children out of a Mississippi middle school after learning that its principal had traveled to Zambia, an African nation untouched by the disease.

On the eve of midterm elections with control of the United States Senate at stake, politicians from both parties are calling for the end of commercial air traffic between the United States and some African countries, even though most public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a shutdown would compound rather than alleviate the risks.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Minnesota Central said...

Yeah, there has been some "over-reaction" ... did you hear that the Rutgers coach told his team not to share water while in Ohio. They played Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus ...

According to NJ.com, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is taking no chances this weekend:
"What I did is, I went online and did some of my own research just to see how it spreads and to educate the team, so we did a little bit of that this morning,'' Flood said following practice Thursday. "I assured them that the plane, when we get on it, will be sanitized and cleaned. From all the information I have, it's transferable through bodily fluids. It's not something you can get just by standing next to somebody.

"You gotta be careful. You gotta make sure your hands are clean, can't share drinks. We'll take all the necessary precautions. But it's not something that will distract us, either.''

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Final score : OSU 56 Rutgers 17 ... so IF the OSU players drank that "Ebola-inducing water", it must have the same effect as steriods.

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