The truth of the matter is, you probably fall into category number one... Why? Maybe it has something to do with all of the now undeniably false assurances that we have been given by politicians and health officials (see some of my previous articles for details). Well... as of yesterday, many Americans now have reason, beyond a reasonable doubt, to disbelieve the validity of this what would appear to be an overly optimistic “peace and safety” message.
If you have not already heard, a second nurse, Amber Vinson, who cared for the US's first Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, has officially come down with the deadly infection. While this in itself is cause for alarm, to make matters even worse: even while showing signs of illness (a low grade fever), this nurse was on board a commercial jetliner filled with 132 unsuspecting passengers (1).
CDC's Tom Friedman, who has been downplaying the risk of Ebola to America since day one (3), reassures the American public that the risk to Vinson's fellow passengers is, in fact, "extremely low" (1).
Meanwhile President Obama, who stated weeks ago that the "experts at the CDC" believe that the risk of Ebola spreading to the US was "extremely low" (4) is now repeating same mantra in response to this new development: "I want people to understand that the dangers of you contracting Ebola, the dangers of a serious outbreak in this country are extraordinary low, but we are taking this very seriously at the highest levels of government" (5).
Let’s think about this for a moment… To consider a scenario so plausible that the highest levels of government would take “this very seriously” while also expressing doubts to the American public of the likelihood of the event occurring indicates an underlying attempt to bring Americans into a state of normalcy bias, which can occur when governments fail to include the general public in their disaster preparations.
Is this logical? If the higher levels of government should take the potential spread of Ebola seriously enough to purchase over 160,000 hazmat suits (6) shouldn’t we, the American public, take some precautions as well? Specifically, in lieu of this threat to the lives of the American public, what are politicians and governmental health officials doing to improve the physical health and bolster the immune systems of the nearly 320 million people in this country?
And I digress from the issues at present to reflect upon the proverbial higher governmental figure of Nero, who “played the fiddle” whilst Rome burned…
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