The Reports of Ebola Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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The Reports of Ebola Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

James Reese

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There has been a significant amount of hype and hysteria about the Ebola virus; how contagious is it, is it a threat to the U.S. and so on. For a topic so widely covered by the media it is a wonder why there is so much misinformation spreading around about it. The problem is that the media is the one spreading this misinformation about the disease. A recent study showed that people who followed Ebola in the news actually knew less about it than their seemingly uninformed counterparts. This is done in an attempt to over sensationalise the disease in order to increase viewer and readership. The oversensationlism and misinformation about Ebola is a problem, so here are some real facts to educate and put this disease in perspective.

People are led to believe that Ebola is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world. While this much maybe true, to the extent of which is not. Today, more people will die of AIDs and HIV than people that have died in the latest Ebola epidemic. This is dangerous because AIDs and HIV are significantly more dangerous than Ebola, but everyone is talking about Ebola and ignoring more serious and pressing diseases.

Ebola isn’t even the most deadly thing out there either. Your chances of catching and dying of Ebola are about 1 in 200,000,000. The odds of dying from a lightning strike are 1 in 700,000. You have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu. Your odds of dying in a car crash are 1 in 17,625. Ebola is far less likely to kill you than just about anything.

A lot of people don’t think there is a cure for Ebola, and currently there isn’t one, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable. Two American medical missionaries were infected with Ebola and were flown back to the U.S. and were sent to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. There they were cared for and treated for the disease and were the first patients ever to receive an experimental new Ebola medicine called Zmapp. The Ebola virus is classified as a dumb virus. It doesn’t evolve and change, and since it is currently not airborne, it will never be airborne. It can only be contracted from coming into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual. This makes it harder to contract the virus, but it is still a threat. The reason why it is spreading so much in Africa is due to the burial custom of washing the body, and the healthcare system over there is nothing compared to modern systems in more developed parts of the world.

Ebola is a very dangerous disease that should not be taken lightly, but in the same breath you shouldn’t over hype or exaggerate it either.

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