who came from Liberia to the United States on his own, it is necessary I think, to reprise my original statement: Ebola is serious business. But for the love of all that's good--let's be reasonable, hm? For one thing, I want to boost what Charles Pierce said about how this country can not go on like this. I get that people might feel like giving no fucks about Africa the entire continent thereof and not even a fuck and a half about Africans coming here--but politicizing ebola as if it were possible to indefinitely quarantine our healthy selves against patients in need, even our fellow citizens, let alone a Liberian like Mr. Duncan, is foolhardy. Our healthcare system may be expensive as all hell and have peaks and valleys of care depending upon one's ability to afford care, but when it counts, I think we have some kind of expertise. We have the know-how to contain and even see patients through this dread disease. We need not expect a Sierra Leone/Liberia-like outbreak. But we need to be sensible.
For one thing, the communication breakdown that did not result in Mr. Duncan explaining to a doctor that he may have come into contact with an ebola-infected person even though the CDC put out an alert is an issue. That nurses in the US don't feel properly educated is an issue. And that wankers in the US might try trolling on this issue, fearmongering and politically posturing over various draconian possibilities, is, I'm afraid to say--an issue. We don't need the kind of undue fear that leads to riots or stupidity. We need our media to convey factual POV like never before.
If Americans need a pep-talk on this: We built the bomb and put a man on the moon, for heaven's sake. We fuxxored Hitler and created more than 200 years of something very like a functioning democracy. Seriously, is containing a virus supposed to be beyond us? I say--let our smartest people do their best things. If we can beat the snot out of polio and smallpox, let's aim for Ebola. I feel like rooting for science.
But really, can someone muzzle FOX News? Because...if you want to talk "virulent"...