By John F. Di Leo -
Of all the issues in the news – the destruction caused by Obamacare, six years of record joblessness, the body counts of inner city street crime – no other issue encapsulates every aspect of this election like the Ebola epidemic.
And don’t say it’s not an epidemic, because it most certainly is… just not here, not yet. Ebola is an epidemic in Africa, and it could be one here. One of the many jobs that our government has is ensuring that this awful contagious disease, fatal to somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of those stricken by it, doesn’t spread to the United States.
Beginning With What We Know:
What do we know about Ebola? It’s a virus, which means that it is contagious. It’s harder to catch than many viruses, and easier to catch than many others, so it’s a medium contagion risk, as viruses go. But it’s an incredibly dangerous one, with a fatality rate of over fifty percent. Balancing the likelihood of contagion with the likely prognosis of the infected, this must be recognized as a horrendously dangerous disease.
There are only three ways to deal with such illnesses: find a vaccine to prevent it, find a cure to survive it, or quarantine those infected so that it doesn’t spread. With an illness this severe, we simply must use quarantine for the time being, until vaccines and cures are both proven successful and mass-produced in enough quantity to deal with a greater outbreak.