Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Ebola Crisis
The Ebola Crisis
A Cranky Opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following opinion is from a cranky old man with virtually no knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but they will probably be ignored, and as always, please, no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!
The news these days is all about Ebola. How to stop it? What should we do? Has the CDC dropped the ball? Should we be halting all traffic from Africa? I don’t know who has or who has not dropped the ball. I don’t know if we are being told all the correct information about this virus or not.
They say you can only get the virus if you are in contact with infected body fluids. One knowledgeable blogger I read says it may well be morphing into a virus that can be spread through the air. I hope not.
The one thing I have taken note of in this crisis is the doctors who do not run from the stricken, the nurses who go about their job when infection is so easily caught. Many medical people are running to infected areas, not from them.
These people are heroes, and it seems no one is recognizing it. In fact some are demonized for going to help and then returning to possibly infect others in this country.
I suppose we could try and isolate everyone from areas where the virus has broken out. I suppose we could just assume it is not our problem and let the virus run its course wiping out much of a continent.
Those brave doctors and nurses who suit up in hazmat suits to try and save the stricken don’t feel that way. They choose to risk their lives to bring relief to the sick, to maybe learn how to treat the disease, to save lives, to find a vaccine that will make all of us safe from the deadly virus.
While we all worry about mistakes made to limit the spread of the virus, while we once again attempt to turn a disaster or a possible pandemic into a political football, maybe we could at least offer up some appreciation, respect, and good will towards the heroes who are risking their lives to save others and to find a way to stop further infections.
I believe that our scientists will develop a vaccine for Ebola. I believe our medical facilities will heal the stricken at a better rate than in Africa. When the pressure is on and no one puts up roadblocks, this country finds a way to solve big problems.
I fear that while our best people go about solving this problem, doctors and nurses will be lost. I hope their bravery and sacrifice is not taken lightly.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.