More Fear Mongering on Ebola

One American doctor infected with Ebola has been brought to the United States and is being treated at Emory University, with a second one to arrive soon. The usual suspects are doing their best to sell paranoia and fear, led by arch-idiot Donald Trump. Vox explains why this is so overblown:

Transmission of Ebola will be prevented using standard protocols, and health officials say that the two pose very little risk to the general public.

Even if there were some terrible, unforeseen accident with one of these patients, Ebola wouldn’t be likely to spread very far. First, Ebola doesn’t jump from person to person through the air, but through close contact by touching bodily fluids such as sweat, vomit, or blood. The outbreak in West Africa is so severe for a number of key reasons, including a lack of resources, inadequate infection-control measures, and mistrust of health workers. The United States, by contrast, has far better public-health infrastructure. And that makes all the difference.

But some people have nothing to sell but fear itself. One right wing publication actually had a headline: “Obama brings Ebola to America!” As if Obama made the decision to treat the infected doctor himself. It’s just demagoguery, plain and simple.

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  • ebotebo

    There are times that I am unable to lift my head from the desk.

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    … led by arch-idiot Donald Trump

    No, he’s just a common garden variety of idiot, but with a loud megaphone.

  • D. C. Sessions
  • Michael Heath

    I wonder if even wingnuts are capable of perceiving that the The Donald is a buffoon.

    What a wonderful story to be told if him, Herman Cain, Victoria Jackson, and Sarah Palin all shared the same agent or manager – who happened to be sane. Imagine that person’s tales.

  • colnago80

    I don’t think that Trump really believes this crap. Just another case of pandering to the rubes.

  • busterggi

    Now the way I heard it explained earlier this week is that its part of Obama’s (of course!) secret plan to force the public to like the ACA. He had the CDC get an actual patent on the ebola virus (even though the CDC doesn’t get patents), created in conjunction with big pharma (who Obama hates because he hates big business), so they could make a fortune (even though they are all commies instead of capitalists) by bringing it to the US (although it was invented in the US) from Africa (because black people) causing an outbreak in the US (which would somehow selectively not affect those involved in the plot) and then developing a cure (even though viruses don’t work that way).

    F’r Pete’s sake get yer fax right!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    ITS EVEN WORSE THAN THEY SAY!!! THAT DOCTOR BROUGHT A BUNCH OF MEXICAN KIDS WITH HIM!!!

     

    Michael Heath “I wonder if even wingnuts are capable of perceiving that the The Donald is a buffoon.”

    THAT YOU HATE HIM PROVES THAT WERE RIGHT TO LISTEN TO HIM REPEAT THE THINGS THAT WE SAY TO OURSELVES BACK TO US BUT LOUDER!!! AND IF HES SUCH A BUFFOON THEN WHY IS HE SO RICH AND FAMOUS AND RICH?!!!

  • captainoblivious

    I love how the people who think the universe is 6,000 years old, and that Baby Jesus took pony rides on velociraptors are demonstrating just how poor their grasp of science is by freaking out over this. It’s a perfect wingnut storm– Xenophobia and scientific ignorance.

  • vereverum

    One right wing publication actually had a headline: “Obama brings Ebola to America!”

    Evidently the chemtrails aren’t working.

  • raven

    There is a new Emerging Infectious Disease coming along about every 18 months. Only one got away and that was HIV. The secret is to get on it quick and hard before it spreads.

    Ebola isn’t that hard to contain and eliminate. We’ve done it many times before. In this case it isn’t working due to lack of barrier equipment, lack of training, lack of money, and a not well educated population. Lack of money is probably the worst since it can fix all the others.

    1. We could come up with drugs against Ebola. Discovering antivirals is routine and we’ve come up with them whenever we set our mind to it, i.e. HIV, Hepatis B,C, Herpes, flu.

    It takes lots of money though, and while some is being spent, it isn’t a lot considering.

    2. We could come up with a vaccine as well. In fact, there are several vaccines reasonably far along the pathway. AFAIK, Ebola survivors are immune and vaccines just mimic the infection without…the infection.

    This also takes lots of money and there is some to keep the programs creeping along, but not enough to kick them into high gear.

  • busterggi

    TESTIFY BROTHER mODUS! THE dONALD MAY BE AN OON BUT AT LEAST HE’S BUFF!

  • John Pieret

    Modus @ 7:

    IF HES SUCH A BUFFOON THEN WHY IS HE SO RICH

    Well, when a very rich man loves a very rich woman very much, the very rich stork delivers a very rich son to them …

  • coragyps

    And sad to say, raven, but had Ebola been “Miami” or “Buffalo,” there would have been a vaccine years ago. As long as it stayed rural, foreign, and mostly killed black-skinned poor folks there wasn’t too much impetus to stop it. Though “The Hot Zone” did scare the crap out of me back when it came out…

  • gerryl

    I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed in the wingnuts. When I heard that The Prez was hosting a group of leaders from African countries in Washington this week, I anticipated that they would start screaming that it was part of his effort to import ebola. You know, because Kenya, Soros, Benghazi and all that. Never mind how diplomatically embarrassing that would be. In their world there doesn’t seem to be any idea* that is too stupid or offensive to spout.

    * Use of the word “idea” might be too generous.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    First, Ebola doesn’t jump from person to person through the air,

    Not quite true. One strain of ebola which (so far) only affects monkeys – the Reston strain is airborne according to Preston’s ‘The Hot Zone’ book and other sources too. Of course the current outbreak of Zaire strain ebola isn’t of that type but there is always the risk of it mutating (or worse being deliberately engineered) into a new airborne strain.

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    Ebola is one genuinely scary disease. Not that this makes Trump any less cowardly, mena and pathetci inhis resposne tothe current outbreak.