Good afternoon, readers,
I decided to write this post after listening to NPR a week ago, when a caller said the media is hyping the Ebola crisis. The media shouldn’t release so many Ebola-related stories, because infection in the U.S. is practically nonexistent, according to the listener. I found his reasoning irrelevant.
Every morning, I peruse the New York Times online and sift through the latest news. Stories detailing the Ebola crisis constantly strike me – as if I actively searched for them – and I become frightened a little more each day. If you visit an online newspaper now, you’ll likely come across a red panel reading “BREAKING NEWS” (yes, in bold). Stories reveal the nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died from Ebola in Dallas after contact with an infected woman in Liberia, has contracted the virus herself in Dallas.
To my and the world’s dismay, the virus continues spreading – and Dallas and Austin (where I reside) are practically neighbors.
Working retail in a store located within a popular tourist destination means I come into contact with people from around the world. Yes, several customers hail from Dallas, others from Australia, some from Europe and also Africa, where Ebola spreads rampantly.
Rather than dramatizing the situation, let’s make sure to heed the World Health Organization’s warnings and follow necessary precautions to prevent further infections. I know I’ll make sure to wash my hands several times a day, especially before eating, and try to minimize handshaking, hugging, sharing water glasses, etc. For more information, I suggest reading the WHO’s webpage regarding Ebola here.
With news breaking that Duncan’s nurse now bears the virus, it seems perfectly reasonable that the media continue updating us with these news, contrary to the NPR listener’s perspective. Ebola is a legitimate disease that no human being is immune to – including Americans. It only takes one person to commence an outbreak, so please, be careful and keep yourselves informed.