It’s official: Ebola has hit NYC. The first diagnosed Ebola patient was admitted to Bellevue Hospital. The patient is Craig Spencer, a 33 year-old doctor who returned just a few days ago from Guinea where he treated Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders. Since his return in New York, the man has taken the subway, went bowling, and out to dinner. That was enough to spark panic and alarm among NY citizens. All newspapers have made this their headlines, it’s all over the news and social media. It seems as though New York just suffered an epidemic decimating millions of people already! Only one person was detected with the disease, and it can only be transmitted through bodily fluids, so unless the dude has kissed you, sneezed or vomited on you, or gave you blood, there’s absolutely no reason you might be infected! This panic needs to stop and people need to take a chill pill!
Also, since its outbreak in West Africa, Ebola has caused (officially) 4,877 deaths so far, and over 10,000 cases. The situation in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is absolutely terrible right now and the weak healthcare structure does not help. It is an extreme human disaster that has been going on over there since more than three months. Thousands have died already, and thousands are at risk in West Africa, children, mothers, fathers, elders are dying. But the Western world does not really give a single care about that, not until it affects our own little American world. One case, and it’s the end of the world.
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