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Why Ebola’s nothing to worry about
New York Post, by Michael Fumento

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Posted By:Toledo, 8/6/2014 12:48:56 PM

We’re now witnessing the worst Ebola epidemic ever — and on your list of worries it belongs .?.?. nowhere. Here’s a rule of thumb about diseases: The rarer and less likely they are to kill you, the more hype they get. The New York Times ran more than 2,000 articles on SARS, which ultimately killed zero Americans. This is only the deadliest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease because past ones were so tiny. At this writing, there have been 1,603 reported cases in Africa and 887 deaths. That’s too many. But every day about 600 sub-Saharan Africans die of tuberculosis, and contagious diarrhea

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MeiDei, 8/6/2014 12:58:04 PM     (No. 9955438)

Some are convinced that the virus is now spread by air citing the 8 technicians that caught Ebola who had no contact with any patients - just cleaned the instruments while wearng protective gear. I think we´ll have to wait and hope that isn´t the case.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/6/2014 12:58:39 PM     (No. 9955440)

Unspeakably stupid. Every person that signed on to this ought to be in jail for criminal negligence. Even if Ebola turns out to be safe, they did not have the proof.

The job of the President is to protect the citizens of the United States.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 8/6/2014 1:35:47 PM     (No. 9955498)

I am shocked by the number of people who don´t seem at all concerned about allowing these people into the country. Even Dana Perino was harshly attacking Eric Boling for voicing his concerns over it. I had to turn that off.

Even if they do control the disease and they improve will they ever be allowed out of isolation? At what point are they not contagious? What about their families and spouses, would you want to have intimate contact with them again?? There are way too many questions that need to be answered that are dismissed so casually. And as always, a major crisis and problem has been created by none other than Barack Hussein Obama. He is the Devil incarnate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PageTurner, 8/6/2014 1:48:31 PM     (No. 9955516)

I don´t think it´s nothing to worry about and precautions should be taken but I agree there has been too much hysteria. The medical workers who were brought back here were done so under safe, sterile conditions and people should not be screaming about that. They are heroes and they deserve the best in medical care here.

As for some of Fumento´s logic, it´s not very strong - just because the SARS epidemic was a nothingburger doesn´t mean Ebola is a nothingburger. It´s much better to use hard facts of the matter than analogies from unrelated epidemics to support one´s argument.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: save America, 8/6/2014 1:50:38 PM     (No. 9955520)

Why are they so nonchalant about this? Suddenly the incompetent government has a handle on what could be the threshold of an Ebola epidemic. Why would we believe anything they say? What could go wrong?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/6/2014 2:24:21 PM     (No. 9955554)

Mr Fumento makes some good points but dances around others. He is playing a numbers game that is somewhat valid but invalid from a policy standpoint.

The best defense against death from Ebola in the US is not quality hospital treatment but an attempt to keep it from getting here in the first place. BO´s open borders makes that far less likely.

Also, while good care may help prevent death, this is non like a common cold that kills few. Some will die and being one of the few will ruin your day.

Also, the doctor that caught it got soaked in blood or vomit? I grant that the conditions in third world countries are poor. If you told me a simple contact could spread it, OK. But even there it should have been avoidable to get a large exposure that is claimed to be needed by this article. Something doesn´t add up.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/6/2014 2:56:25 PM     (No. 9955604)

I worry a lot less about ebola than all the other infectious diseases that come across our unguarded borders every day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Videodrone, 8/6/2014 3:54:15 PM     (No. 9955688)

Fumento has a long history of being contrary, he was one of the outspoken critics of "Gorbull warming" early on as well as "Gulf War Syndrome" and mentioned more than once on Rush - two years ago starting writing for Salon and "Broke away from the Extreme Right"

another orifice with an opinion

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PageTurner, 8/6/2014 6:51:01 PM     (No. 9955925)

#6makes a good point. The American medical workers who caught the disease knew the risks of what they were treating and weren´t rolling around in blood and vomit. I´m very suspicious of claims that it can´t be caught without deep prolonged exposure. Top doctors are dying in Sierra Leone and Nigeria from this and nobody knows the risks of exposure better than they do. I do think they would have taken precautions. But they still got it.

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