The Ebola Virus is horrifyingly spreading throughout the United States, and indeed the world. With the massive outbreak in West Africa, that is now expected to double every three weeks, there is serious concern that the disease will become a global pandemic (if it hasn’t already). The United States is currently sending troops into areas where the disease is running rampant to assist in building hospitals…and it stands that some of these soldiers will be exposed to, and contract Ebola. There is more than a distinct possibility that these troops could bring the virus back to the States with them when they return. There appears to be significant danger in exposing large amounts of Americans to the virus who then will return to a wide variety of locales in the United States.
There are others, however, who seem to think the Ebola scare is just a mother media sponsored hype to boost ratings and cover up some other issues as we approach elections. Additionally, many of these people suggest that we should focus on health issues that we’ve had historically such as smoking, obesity, heart disease, and the seasonal threat of influenza (which can in fact be deadly).
One thing is certainly apparent: there isn’t much of a plan in regards to containing a biological threat. No real protocols have been put in place and the government seems to be confused and flustered rather than collected and calculating in their responses. Quarantines have been broken, borders have been passed, and there isn’t much in regard to screening…which is contributing to the panic that many are feeling.
It does raise a serious question in terms of travel. Considering that Ebola is a highly contagious virus–continuing to be deadly even once a patient has died–we have to consider limiting travel to West Africa, and possibly the world at large. Since there are so many on either side of concern regarding to a widespread outbreak, I’m raising the question to you. Do you think we should be restricting international travel in any way shape or form until the Ebola outbreak is under control? Answer in the poll below and explain and debate in the comments!