Interrupting my normal hippie energy spiritual rants to give my perspective on Ebola. I have been thinking about this the past few days especially after reading the internet circulating ‘hoax theory’ where someone in Africa claims that there is no Ebola crisis but that this is an elaborate plan created by and enacted by the American government.
C’mon people. The American government can’t even efficiently make a healthcare database, and you think, in this day and age of internet, cameras and videos, they would be able to accomplish this?
The claim is that this is the American government’s goal of depopulating Africa and taking their natural resources.
But our President’s father was African, and Obama has an affinity for Africa. I suppose this all has been done without his knowledge?
But yet with the cooperation of journalists and photographers such as these: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/01/world/africa/ebola-ghost-town/index.html?c=/specials/health/ebola-2014/index.html&page=4
This video speaks of this poor town Barkedu at Ground Zero of the Ebola epidemic where 20% of the total Ebola deaths have occurred.
Is this contrived? Are all these people actors? Or were they given a supposed Ebola vaccine which actually gave them the disease as the hoax theory postulates. Why then would they not be proclaiming, ‘but we got the vaccine?’
Conspiracy theories like this do not help. They just continue the spread of fear and hysteria.
I confess that I do not normally pay a whole lot of attention to the news as being an empathetic and imaginative sort, I find it to be overwhelming. But when it gets to this level, you cannot keep your head in the sand so I started reading.
And this is what I have deduced from what I read (information, knowledge, science, education – all good things!!):
1) It is possible to be in the vicinity of a person with symptoms of the disease but not get it.
All three of the people in Duncan’s apartment DID NOT contract the disease. He went to the Emergency Room with a 103 fever, vomiting and diarrhea, was sent home and spent three more days in the apartment. Nor did the personnel in the ambulance that transported him to the hospital contract the disease. (This is 23 days after exposure so they should be in the 21 day safe range.)
2) As the disease progresses, it becomes more and more contagious and can survive on surfaces and dead people for lengthy periods.
The two nurses who have contracted the disease were both ones who cared for Duncan in the final throes of the disease when it is highly contagious. Yes, they should look at procedures. Bleach should become their best friend.
So just what do you do when faced with a crisis like Ebola?
Focus on the Firemen going up the stairs.
9/11 was another example of human pain and suffering on a large scale, and at first, my brain got stuck on how people could be so evil, but then I read this piece on a parent’s advice to a child to focus on the heroes in times like these.
When all of those people were running for their lives, there were people going up the stairs to SAVE PEOPLE.
God Bless these people.
And all the people who during and after 9/11 opened their homes and their hearts and their pocketbooks in order to help. There were 1000’s.
And as for ebola, all the nurses and healthcare workers like Phram and Vinson who on a daily basis work in harm’s way in order to help people. Not to mention the people in Africa who are helping without adequate supplies.
God Bless Them.
Should we close the borders to African planes from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone?
Hell, yes. And then we should charter planes full of food, water, bleach, hazmet suits, skype cameras and other things needed by the people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. As you can see from the above video, ebola is not the only thing the areas hit hardest are suffering from. With the quarantines, they are also facing starvation.
Skype cameras? Why skype cameras you ask …
In the affected areas of Africa, ¾ of the healthcare workers have DIED from Ebola. It is going to be very difficult to get volunteers to go into infrastructures such as those, but check out this video:
This 22 year old nursing student Fatu Kekula back in July from a homemade hazmet suit of trash bags and rain slickers took care of her family of four for two weeks and saved three of them and did not herself contract the disease.
Fatu drove her father hundreds of miles and was turned down from several hospitals before she realized that she would have to be the one to care for her family.
Can you imagine???
These are not people without capability; these are people without resources. GIVE them the resources.
Mobilize all of the Africans who survived Ebola who now have the antibodies and train them. Whenever you can’t get an actual person, use a Skype camera. Set up videos and skyping and get them the knowledge, the training and the resources they need.
Send food. Send water. Send temporary structures for buildings and beds.
There is only ever one choice.
Fear or Love.
Maybe I am not taking a break from my everyday hippie rants after all, because what I want to say is for God’s sake, people, choose love. Stop spreading fear and hysteria.
And try to be on the hero side.
Below is a link to Child Fund which is setting up care centers for children who have lost one or both of their parents, providing resources and education to people who need it. Give if you are able.