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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ebola: Panic and Irresponsible Overreaction

UPDATE:  Capt. Fogg of The Swash Zone has a post up on this subject.


The panic and irresponsible overreaction by certain elements on the right demonstrates that they will never let a crisis go to waste nor an opportunity to bash President Obama for anything and everything happening anywhere within our solar system.


Why Ebola triggers massive right-wing hysteria

Here's a chart to show us all how their overreaction makes them look foolish and like the political opportunists they are:



The ninnyhammers who predict imminent death from immigrants crossing the border or by every other feverish nightmare that haunts their dreams are not to be taken seriously. Everything I've read indicates that although the virus is serious, the U.S. will be able to deal with the threat. 


Will “Tightening The Borders” Keep Ebola Out?



Ebola has been politicized and used as another cudgel to whack the Obama administration.  How many people have died so far from the ebola virus in the U.S.?    

One. 

And he was infected in another country.

Go HERE for more facts and fewer hysterics.

1) How worried should I be about Ebola?

The first-ever diagnosis (and ultimate death) of an Ebola patient in the United States was a frightening and unexpected event. But it doesn't signal the start of an American outbreak, nor does it give reason for Americans to panic about the possibility of contracting the disease.


17 comments:

okjimm said...

Sarah Palin wants Obama to invade Ebola and save it's citizens!!!!

Jerry Critter said...

Fear, fear, fear. Republicans are experts at the use of fear to control people and further their agenda.

Rational Nation USA said...

What we, as well as others should worry about is the virus going airborne. Even doctors are concerned.

Not that we can do much if it does.

Viruses are incredably adaptable and forever mutating.

Shaw Kenawe said...

TO EVERYONE WHO RECENTLY LEFT A COMMENT ON THIS THREAD:

I inadvertently hit the "delete" button instead of the "publish" button.

I did read the comments and regret losing them.

Next time: Coffee first, Read comments second.

Shaw Kenawe said...

PS. The above apology does not apply to Lisa, who, incredibly, came to this blog and left a snarky comment (this may explain why the legitimate comments were mistakenly scrubbed).

Lisa: You and your blog do not exist for me. Please do not bother coming here again. After what has gone on over the last few weeks, I'm astounded that you still think that I'm interested in what you have to say.

You belong with the degenerates you allow on your blog. You seem to enjoy their wretched company.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN, it is true that it's possible for the ebola virus to become airborne; but according the the CDC, it's improbable:


"(CDC) Director Tom Frieden sought to allay those fears during a call with reporters.

"The rate of change [with Ebola] is slower than most viruses, and most viruses don't change how they spread," he said. Frieden is unofficially spearheading the U.S. response to Ebola.

'That is not to say it's impossible that it could change [to become airborne],' he continued. 'That would be the worst-case scenario. We would know that by looking at ... what is happening in Africa. That is why we have scientists from the CDC on the ground tracking that.'

A change in the way Ebola spreads would make the virus significantly more dangerous. The disease kills roughly half the people it infects, and lacking a vaccine or cure, its traceable chain of transmission through bodily fluids is one reason officials believe they can contain it.

Still, there is almost no precedent for a human virus mutating to become transmissible in a different way, a key piece of evidence in weighing whether that kind of shift is likely for Ebola.


SOURCE

dmarks said...

Shaw: Welcome back to your blog posts as usual!

And from your comment, it appears Lisa is proud and defensive of her p0rn blog.

Annie Of Watertown said...

The constant playing of the race card by the right is wearing thinner and thinner.

skudrunner said...

JC

I don't believe the apprehension about Ebola is drawn along party lines but it seems you do.

We always fear the unknown and there is so much about this disease that is unknown that make people afraid.

Rational Nation USA said...

I can not, and therefore will not attempt to dispute the statement posted by you Shaw in response to my comment.

Suffice to say I have reservations because this situation has become so politically charged.

I hope the CDC Director and other experts are right and that no political consideration or influence are injected into the situation.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Err: The Swash Zone mutation was posted by …. (ahem, modesty prevents).

A friend asked me today if I was pro-immigration. Since my forbearers were immigrants, it would be very hard for me to take a sudden nativist turn … recalling how past waves of immigrants were treated: “Irish need not apply,” “No Jews allowed,” “Italians stay out.” Besides …

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. Another friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not to Canadians. Why can't I own a Canadian?

Dave Miller said...

Annie, just more from folks who believe Pres Obama wants to destroy America... just as lame as the folks who said GW got up every morning happy to see US soldiers die in Iraq.

billy pilgrim said...

barclay's financial thinks the ebola situation could get a lot worse:

BARCLAY'S EBOLA REPORT

i suspect it's easier to catch the virus than we're being told. i don't remember all the hazmat suits when aids was public enemy number 1.

Shaw Kenawe said...

billy pilgrim: "barclay's financial thinks the ebola situation could get a lot worse."

Here's the rest of the article:

"[Ebola] afflicted countries' relatively small weight in global GDP, trade and financial markets so far has limited Ebola's effects on global markets despite an already larger-than-SARS death toll," Barclays said.

Whether the crisis causes market turmoil, according to the analysts, depends on its reach outside of Africa. If the virus becomes endemic in its current locations, this would greatly increase this threat.
"A sustained outbreak in a larger or more globally integrated economy likely would have a significant impact on global markets," Mr Barth said. "That endemicity of Ebola to West Africa, or even a larger outbreak, greatly increases the chances of the disease breaking out to other more economically integrated economies, is evident in the fact that cases have already been confirmed in Dallas, Texas, and Madrid, Spain.

"The difference with SARS would be that the persistence of a large human host reservoir would mean any panic may not fade as rapidly."
What to watch
The economists said investors should watch three things to assess the impact of Ebola on financial markets

• Whether the virus expands within West Africa

• Whether it becomes increasingly contagious

• How successful countries outside of West Africa are at dealing with periodic cases."

okjimm said...

re...Octo....'Why can't I own a Canadian?'

now that is a pretty pretty good question. I think we should be able to buy Canadians...the French ones are supposedly good cooks...and the ones from Ontario are supposed to be good fishermen....I'm thinking the Koch bros should have a 'buy one, get one'sale. one to fish, one to cook

Dervish Sanders said...

An example of the stupidity from a Mail Online article...

...protective suits, face masks and survival kits have been flying off the shelves amid increasing panic over Ebola in the U.S. ... Online commerce sites are awash with isolation gowns, surgical masks, booties and duct tape claiming to offer full protection from the deadly virus.

There has also been a huge buy-up in preparation kits [that] often contain a mix of surgical masks, gloves, bio-hazard bags and sanitizer wipes. And the price of protection isn't cheap - while a basic Ebola protective kit costs around $50 per person, one high-level protection suit is selling on Amazon for $1,300.

Shaw Kenawe said...

In the recent past, the Reagan Administration thought the deadly outbreak of AIDS was hilarious.

But the fright-wingers never blamed Reagan for it because IOKIYAR!