The media panic over Ebola in the U.S. is only making things worse abroad 

Look at this map by Twitter engineer Simon Rogers. In early September, mentions of Ebola came from where you’d expect: countries near the outbreak, with satellite interest in areas with West African diasporas, including the U.K. and the coastal United States. U.S. interest took off in mid-September, when two American missionaries and an aid group doctor were diagnosed and transferred to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Attention dwindled again until, boom, Oct. 1, when news hit saturation that Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man in Dallas, had been diagnosed; America appears to be on fire. Looking only at that stage of the map, you’d think 3,431 people were dead across the United States and perhaps one or two in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, not the other way around.

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The population of Ireland before the potato famine was 8 million (1841 census). The population in 2009 was 4.45 million.

The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight,[6] which ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s. However the impact in Ireland was disproportionate as one third of the population was dependent on the potato for a range of ethnic, religious, political, social and economic reasons, such as land acquisition, absentee landlords and the Corn Laws, which all contributed to the disaster to varying degrees and remain the subject of intense historical debate.



It is not often I can say positive things about FOX News, in fact I have spent years slamming them and their dangerous tactics and biases, but FOX host Shepard Smith seems to be the only voice of reason in the American media right now. While other reporters push into 24 hours of primarily Ebola coverage, scaring the public into wearing gloves and masks and being glued to their TVs, Smith tells us why we should have absolutely no fear of Ebola.

This is not West Africa where thousands are dying due to Ebola, one man has died and several others are undergoing treatment or have been cured… You are not going to catch this disease. The media has hyped Ebola to a point where parents are scared to send their children to school and it is disgusting. They make money on you being glued to their reports. They did this with Al Qaeda, ISIS, North Korea, California’s earthquakes, MH370, the Affordable Care Act, and anything else they could grab your attention with. Do not let them do this to you. We should be focused on how to help our brothers and sisters in West Africa overcome this, not hyping a few American cases to the point where a travel ban is being considered. Watch this video and share.

*Note: Shepard accidentally says 2 healthcare workers died in the US but meant 1 dead and 2 infected.

"The #Ebola crisis should serve as an object lesson and rebuke to those who tolerate anaemic state funding of, or even cutbacks in, public health and healthcare delivery. Without staff, stuff, space and systems, nothing can be done,” writes Paul Farmer, professor of global health at Harvard University, an infectious disease physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a co-founder of Partners In Health.

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