by, Cheri Roberts
With the amount of fear-mongering going on in the corporate media over the Ebola Virus, I have to give them credit for one thing; so far, they haven’t been constantly splashing grotesque images of the actual physical results of this disease in our face. And, although I am thankful for that, I think too many people have no idea what this disease “looks” like – or maybe it’s been too long since they’ve looked. And, they should. This is serious stuff.
But We Know Better...
It’s easy – when you are enlightened, to know when bullshit is bullshit, but it is also easy to get so caught-up in that enlightenment that you forget some things really are real and they can harm you. We can “think” all we want, but to deny an Ebola outbreak could ever be a real possibility in the United States is just delusional wrong.
The irony here, if there is any, is that more than half of those who are in denial that this could be a big deal are those who actually believe the government will protect them. Tell that to Hurricane Katrina victims. I am pretty sure just because the White House says they can handle any scenario doesn’t make it so and the media who says we have never seen a humanitarian crisis like this in our country seem to forget their own distraught coverage of what happened in New Orleans.
Who’s Scaring Who?
Recently good ol’ Shepard Smith appeared to break company-speak to have a sincere one on one with America about the irresponsible reporting on Ebola,
“Unless a medical professional has contacted you personally and told you of some sort of possible exposure, fear not,” Smith said. “Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible.” He later added, “We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere. We do have two health-care workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America — not one person in the general population in the United States.”
However, back in 2005 it was Shepard Smith and Jeraldo Rivera, who riveted America with their Katrina coverage. For once, from these two unlikely journalists, we were seeing the real story and the duress and outrage involved in covering it. What we saw most of all is the utter failure of the United States government. How can Shepard Smith forget that and think his “voice of reason” can somehow calm a nation when the reality here is our country has screwed up nearly every step of the way with the few Ebola cases we have had?
How can we have faith in a failing system Shep?
Double shame on the media, who shortly after Shep’s decree, turn-tailed their own reporting and began chastising the fear and fear-mongering without acknowledging they participated in it.
That is what most of the “fear” really boils down to. Double-speak. Double-speak from media; double-speak from government.
This country could easily experience a full-blown outbreak at the rate of foolishness the government is operating under. Their own mistakes are what created the problem and, if an outbreak actually occurred here what help would there be in a country who has less than a dozen, “Ebola beds”?
In a recent interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , said,
“We need to have more than just the four [units] in which you have people who are pre-trained, so that you don’t come in, and then that’s the first time you start thinking about it. It can’t just be four. We may not even need any more, and we hope we don’t, but in case there are more cases, we want to make sure we have people who are pre-trained, pre-drilled over and over, and have the right protocol going.”
There are currently only four hospitals with biocontainment units that are specifically equipped to handle infectious diseases like the Ebola Virus; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana and the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Their combined staffing capabilities can only deal with a total of 9-11 patients. Think about that, if even a small fraction of the hundreds of people currently isolated or quarantined contract the deadly disease we would already be beyond our medical capacity. Then what?
That’s a good question and so far we have been lucky enough to not have to discover the answer, but the knowledge of how ill-prepared we truly are is a wake-up call for many.
Although many people fear the disease has mutated and become airborne, logic dictates that has not been the case or many more people would be actively ill by now. In 1989 Reston, Virginia experienced an Ebola scare that did turn out to be airborne so the fear is not that far-fetched, but thus far, it is not the reality we are seeing.
Are They Really “All Clear”?
Large numbers of people who had been under a 21-day quarantine are now moving freely once again with more to follow in the coming days and weeks. Did we miss the train wreck?
Dallas officials are saying there is “zero risk”, but incubation periods are also in question. It is entirely possible some of the people who are now out of quarantine may still become infected however, that chance is slim.
Only time will tell, but it too is something out there to “fear”.
ARound of Shots On The (White) House
Before us we still have a lot on the table so let’s move-on to the Ebola Vaccine. There is fear involved with that too. Not everyone believes vaccines are safe or beneficial. Then there are others who believe vaccines, this one particularly, will be mandatory and meant to be deadly in order to “cull” the planet, i.e. depopulation. In fact many of those think Ebola was intentionally unleashed to justify a mandatory vaccine.
Yes, I did really just say that because there really are a lot of people who believe that and to be clear, they are not just a bunch of crazies with wild imaginations. On November 26, 2007 with the accorded accession number 200706291, the EboBun virus was deposited with the CDC. Later, in 2010, a patent for it was granted to the CDC. (Patent No. CA2741523A1). So there is some basis to their reality.
Of note, and according to the Patent,
“The EboBun virus of the present invention is genetically distinct, differing by more than 30% at the genome level from all other known Ebolavirus species.”
It would be relatively easy to prove or disprove whether the current Ebola crisis in West Africa — as well as the scattered cases elsewhere, are of the EboBun strain versus the Zaire strain and what we are being told is we are definitely dealing with the Zaire strain. If that is true, case closed on the Patent line of thinking, unfortunately that isn’t good enough for those who follow that line. Why? Because it is the government that is telling us what strain it is and who can believe anything they say?
But, the question begs, do they need a vaccine to kill us?
Probably not. Although, it would be an efficient way to do so however; just because it makes for a good plan doesn’t mean it’s a real plan. Right?
Who really knows? And, that is the problem when precedents and current events mix to become the basis for an idea that goes viral with a crowd that expects no less from the “Powers That Be”.
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