Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Scare in 2nd Gear: Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Giddy Old Poops

Might as Well Start Here 

GOP Peddles Cheap Fear
(But the cost is high)

Ebola and the call for a travel ban ... bad idea I think and so do medical professionals ... why? People would skirt around it, lie about their travel and such ...

But, sadly, politics is about to get in between Ebola, proper care and any prevention ... and the GOP is leading that pack (how ironic is that: the GOP putting politics between us and medical personnel – kind of a twist on fear of Obama-care isn’t it)?

They are great at fear mongering and now some DEMS are not joining in what may seem like a popular idea but is one based FEAR and fear is dangerous, very.

WASHINGTON — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea that could backfire.

The experts' key objection is that a travel ban:

(1) Could prevent needed medical supplies, food and health care workers from reaching Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the nations where the epidemic is at its worst. Without that aid, the deadly virus might spread to wider areas of Africa, making it even more of a threat to the U.S. and the world, experts say.

(2) Would be difficult to prevent people from the affected countries from traveling to the U.S. and might even be difficult to enforce and might generate counterproductive results.

(3)  People would lie about their travel history or attempting to evade screening for flights.

The U.S. has not instituted a travel ban in response to a disease outbreak in recent history. The experts insist now is not the time to start, especially given that the disease is still extremely contained in the U.S. and the only people who have caught it here are two health care workers who cared for a sick patient who later died.

Let's be honest here shall we ... if that's even possible. We have a better chance of contracting the flu are suffering a hearth attack than contracting Ebola.

An article on that is here from Vox … interesting reading and from here, too.

“Threats to Americans, ranked (by actual threat instead of media hype)”  

Of course leave it up FOX to lead the fear mongering, hand-wringing crowd – via their own “FOX dynamic poll” as usual. You know the kind I mean: slanted, one-sided, and biased (seen here):



THE NAME OF THE GOP GAME IS FEAR AND THEY ARE MASTERS AT THAT GAME AND YES, IT IS A GAME ... A VERY NASTY, UGLY, DIRTY, AND IN THIS CASE, A VERY DEADLY AND DANGEROUS GAME.

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