We are approaching the day when the news will quit telling us about the status of Ebola in America. News stories often have a short life. Even if a story is still developing, the news media may quit covering it after certain situations develop. The public can grow weary of a story, a story can be perceived as the new normal, or the public can react in ways the media doesn’t appreciate.
You can see the end approaching. The news shifted recently, showing reports on TV last night and this morning, about the mistreatment of nurses who cared for Ebola patients. These reports are shifting the focus from the danger of the disease to prejudicial reactions toward it. This paves the way for the media to become afraid of reporting about Ebola because they are may be creating hysteria.
It’s awkward. We have a disease that at this point in history can only be controlled by isolation, but at the same time we have a media that is more interested in protecting people who are quarantined unfairly. As I type this, I am watching another news report explaining how to legally fight being quarantined.
So which do you think is the bigger concern to your wellbeing, the disease or prejudicial over reactions by society?
My vote goes to prejudicial overreactions
My vote goes to risking over reaction on quarantines rather than risking the spread of the disease.
Hmm…you got me there. Greater good for all, right? Makes sense.
Healthcare providers have the right to know if they can potentially die in 21 days (or if their children can be exposed to something that deals death.) This virus is a modern day black plague. How fortunate we are to not have family members (one or two generations removed) with tales of the black plague. That variety of plague killed 1/3 of the population this lovely Ebola version has the potential of killing at least 2/3rd of the population.. Those who don’t learn from history are…
Maybe we would be less cynical and on guard if our grandparents had survived or died from the black plague.
I don’t know if it is really worse than the black plague, but I do agree we need to take the spread of the disease more seriously.