Media freakout not helping with Ebola

I’m sure most of you have turned on the news or have at least heard about the Ebola scare in the United States. CNN and other news stations have dedicated entire news broadcasts to Ebola reaching the United States. Panic and paranoia have spread like wildfire; thousands of people have stocked up for the worst.

Guess how many people have had Ebola in United States.

Five.

That’s right, five and that number has remained the same since the middle of October.

Total number of deaths from Ebola since the beginning of October: Two.

The last Ebola death was on Nov. 17, it was a doctor who was working in West Africa and was brought back to the U.S. for treatment.

Two out of the five cases were nurses who made direct contact with the first Ebola patient in the U.S. As of today, three people who were infected with Ebola have been declared free of the disease, the last one being cleared on Nov. 7.

These numbers show that Americans truly have nothing to worry about when it comes to Ebola.

The Center for Disease Control is the best in the world when it comes to containing and eradicating diseases.

The CDC was nearly flawless in the handling of Ebola in the U.S. They properly quarantined all infected individuals and took care of the problem swiftly.

Instead of the media making a big deal about Ebola on U.S. soil and instilling fear and panic amongst many Americans ,they could’ve focused on giving attention to the origin of the disease, West Africa.

Ebola is a major epidemic in West Africa. The World Health Organization has reported nearly 12,000 Ebola infections and 6,000 deaths and they believe that the actual numbers are triple that of the reported numbers. The epidemic began in December of last year and has rapidly gotten worse since then.

The real focus of the matter needs to put on dealing with the disease in West Africa. Currently, the U.S. is sending aid packages and setting up mobile hospitals in the region.

More can be done, a collective effort can be made. By bringing attention and donating to the effort in

West Africa, Ebola can be eradicated. The media needs to steer away from giving all the attention to the U.S. and start giving more attention to the roots of the disease in West Africa.

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