I hope the man in the illustration isn't wearing the respirator mask to
protect himself from Ebola. The virus isn't airborne, but requires contact
with fluids to spread. That said, the biggest obstacle that the
world will face in dealing with this is the combination of fear and ignorance.
It's a dangerous combination often leading people to do exactly the wrong
things in a state of panic, resulting in epidemics that are far worse than they
would otherwise be.
This is a serious threat to mankind. No cure, and 60-90% fatality rate with up
to 21 day incubation period.Many people can be exposed and not
realize it and then as they travel, expose others, with each new case
geometrically multiplying the number of potential carriers who need to be
quarantined.When we are talking about a remote tribal village in
Africa, where most people never travel, or go very far, that is a difficult
task. When we start talking about hitting major population centers and groups
where people travel across continents and oceans in a few hours, the task is
almost impossible.Given the inability or unwillingness of our
government to secure the border against millions of illegal aliens, that does
not bode well for the ability or willingness to turn back planeloads of
potentially infected passengers from Europe or anywhere else.Ebola
may exceed the horrific death tolls of the great flu pandemic following WW1.If there are promising medicines Congress needs to give immediate
approval for their production and full legal immunity for the makers, helping
doctors even if it angers liability lawyers.Pray for those infected,
their caregivers, and researchers.