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Politics and Fear Trump Science – Again

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October 25, 2014 by skokielib

It is so unfortunate that the people that risk their lives and give their time to help stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are now being quarantined when they return from service. They are being quarantined even if they show no symptoms of Ebola. They are being quarantined even though science says that someone is not contagious until they are showing symptoms. They are being quarantined even though it is very hard to catch Ebola.

Apparently no one has noticed that not a single person that had casual contact with Mr Duncan contracted the virus. Nor did his family. Who cared for him when he first showed symptoms.

Apparently no one noticed that not a single person that had contact with the two nurses that risked their lives to care for Mr Duncan and caught the virus due to the hazards of health care work and the risk of exposure to a patient’s bodily fluids contracted the virus.

Science tells us it is a not necessary to quarantine health care workers that are showing no signs of Ebola.

Common sense tells us the fact that not a single person has contracted the virus in the US despite the hundreds of people that had casual contact with Mr Duncan and his two nurses should be a very good indicator of the extremely low level of risk the general public has.

Mass hysteria tells us to be afraid. To panic. To treat health care workers almost as criminals. Mass hysteria brought to us by an out of control media and a group of repulsive politicians that are trying to score political points by stoking Ebola fear across the country.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers are probably going to be less likely to volunteer their time and risk their lives to help stem the spread of the virus in West Africa. That will likely mean more deaths and continued spread of the disease within West Africa. Not because the virus is easy to catch. But because their is a severe lack of adequate treatment facilities and there is a lack of healthcare workers to take care of the sick and protect the healthy.

If only we could have a fraction of the concern for the constant school shootings that have become commonplace in the United States. If only we could have a fraction of the concern for the 92 people that are killed by guns on an average day in the US. If only we could have a fraction of the concern for the homeless, the needy, and the hungry children across the country.

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