Over the course of the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot about the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Unfortunately, it seems that Ebola season is in full swing, and it has a lot of people worried.
In some ways, the fear is understandable. Ebola is a virus that has one of the highest death rates of any known disease. Of those who are infected, some ninety percent will not survive. The disease is characterized by flu like symptoms, excessive bleeding from bodily orifices, hemorrhaging, organ failure, and other nightmarish symptoms. Fortunately, Ebola has been mostly restricted to localized parts of Africa, as lack of roads restricts an infected person’s ability to travel and (thus) spread the disease. Moreover, areas that have infected individuals are subject to strict quarantine.
However, in many ways, this is our only defense—quarantine and travel restrictions. And this is precisely what has people so concerned, as recently, two American aid workers were evacuated from Liberia to Emory University hospital (located in Atlanta, Georgia), where they are being treated for Ebola. A number of individuals have raged against transporting the aid workers back to the United States, as they fear that the virus will spread to the American public.