When it comes to the Ebola virus, I fully understand why there’s a lot of concern from ordinary citizens. When words like “epidemic” and “high mortality rate” are linked to a virus that’s killed over 3,000 people, it’s perfectly understandable that people would be a bit apprehensive following the news that the U.S. has its first confirmed case of the virus within our borders.
That being said, as someone who lives just a few miles from where this individual is being quarantined, I’m not overly concerned.
Because once the news broke, I naturally sought out as much information on the virus as possible, and it goes along with what these medical experts are saying. Which is, people here shouldn’t panic because Ebola is not easily spread, nor is it a real threat at becoming a pandemic like we’ve seen in parts of west Africa due to the vastly different living conditions we are privy to as Americans.
After all, the Ebola virus can be killed with simple soap and hot water.
Well, it seems Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck isn’t a fan of medical experts when it comes to Ebola. She seemed stunned that infectious disease specialist Dalilah Restrepo wasn’t engulfed in fear and panic following the news that Ebola has made it into the United States.
“You have a very calm tone,” Hasselbeck said. “It must come by nature with what you do professionally, doctor. The rest of us are saying wait a minute, there’s a lot of panic when it comes to the flu, to lice. As a parent, I’m thinking, ‘Well there should be a little bit of a justification for worry here.’”
Though I’m thinking her calm demeanor is probably rooted in the fact that she knows what she’s talking about when she said we shouldn’t panic.
But Restrepo reiterated once again how Ebola is spread and that its transmission is different than that of the flu virus or lice.
Which didn’t seem to register with Hasselbeck as she responded by saying sternly, “but it’s here.” Apparently she seems to think that just because the virus made it to the United States, that magically changes the medical scientific facts behind how the virus is spread.
Again, I get that people are a bit on edge with this recent news that someone with Ebola has made it into the United States. But if we’re not going to listen to scientific medical experts to inform us about this virus, then what’s the point? Are “facts” suddenly dictated by whatever fears we want to feel instead of what reality tells us?
But I do think it’s a bit much for someone like Elisabeth Hasselbeck to be insistent that a medical expert needed to seem much more alarmed about this news simply because she doesn’t understand what this medical expert was telling her.
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