For you people worried about Ebola.
Earlier this summer ironically, I did a lot of research on the Ebola virus itself, after having a summer assignment for my AP Biology class that required me to read a novel entitled The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. So. I’m going to educate all of you to the best of my ability.
I noticed this morning how “Ebola” is trending on tumblr, and after a brief look at the tag I noticed that it was nothing but absolute panic about how everyone is going to die and how “people infected with the virus do not belong in the US”. Well let me tell you all a thing about the filovirus called Ebola. First of all, calm down. If you look at the facts about the outbreak, you’ll notice that the largest strain that is infecting people is Ebola Zaire, which guess what? It can’t travel through the air. The only way you will catch it is by coming in contact the the bodily fluids(blood, urine, etc.) of an infected person. Now I won’t lie, the fatality rate of the Ebola virus isn’t very pretty being 90%, BUT the major outbreak is in Africa, where they generally have outbreaks about once a year.Now for everyone who is whining about the Ebola infected people coming into the United States. If you honestly think they are going to put a deadly virus in one of your normal hospital rooms where you have easy access to the infected person you’re a little wrong and may want to think more about extreme biocontainment measures being taken. The United States understands how deadly this virus is, having had an outbreak of it in Virginia back in the 1980s. Even though that outbreak was of a different strain, Ebola Reston, and it was only fatal in monkeys; the US Military and the CDC fully understand what they are doing and I highly doubt we have anything to worry about. In all honesty the virus will probably run it’s course and will probably go back into hiding in the rain forests of Africa, and we won’t have anything to worry about. It probably will not wipe out the United States population, the world won’t fall into nothingness, and we’re all going to live. Because in all honesty, how many of you guys leave your houses anyway?