People have very strange ways of rationalizing the risk of
ebola. Some things I've heard and read that have made me a wee bit
1. The flu is more dangerous and kills more people, but millions don't get their flu shots so why are you worried about ebola?
I love this one. Let me type this slowly so maybe you can understand.
I. Got. The. Flu. Shot.
has the rest of my family. You probably got it, too, right? I mean, you
wouldn't run around frothing at the mouth about how dangerous the flu
was and not get your shot, would you?
I'm sorry about
the millions who can't or won't get the shot, but I can't fix them. I
have controlled my risk and that of my family. Unlike, ebola, there are
actual vaccines for the flu that mostly work. Most of us have the means to contain the flu that don't rely upon what anyone else does (or doesn't do).
And what does
that have to do with the fact that ebola is now spreading and flying the
friendly skies? Does that mean it's no longer deadly? That the CDC
isn't screwing up constantly? That we don't have new cases? Are you saying an ebola patient could be my roomie and I wouldn't get sick? What?
Also, go get your damn flu shot already.
2.Ebola isn't airborne, so stop worrying.
is norovirus and it shuts down entire cruise ships. I understand
something like 15 million people a year get norovirus in the US.
So your point is...what? It's not contagious unless it's airborne? Do unicorns exist in your magical thinking land? 3.Only one person has died. Ebola is no big deal.
probably said that about Typhoid Mary. I mean, look, if thinking like
that makes you feel better, then go for it (unless you work at the CDC,
in which case, you should resign). The metric I look at is the infection
is spreading and we are failing to prevent it. At the rate we're going,
one death is just the beginning.
What are you going to do when the next person dies? Pretend it didn't happen?
people are overweight and suffering health complications from that than
will ever have ebola. Why do we worry about ebola when we clearly don't
care about our health?
Reasons for being concerned about ebola include:
1. If we are sick and fighting it within our borders, we aren't going to be able to help anyone else.
2. We don't have hospital beds, equipment or training to deal with a large scale outbreak. While it's true that we have more hospitals and doctors than Africa, we don't have large scale facilities or expertise that can handle lots of ebola patients. In that sense, we'll find dealing with an outbreak just as challenging as Africa has.
3. When ebola is prevalent, your lifestyle diseases will kill you because ebola will steal resources.
4. Ebola is a destabilizing geopolitical force. The bigger it gets, the worse the politics will be. Ebola will make Putin and ISIS look like frosted cupcakes. It's not ALL about your diabetes.
5. There is no curative treatment and the death rate is very high.The good news is you won't have to worry about any of those lifestyle diseases. You'll be dead!
6. The CDC response so far has been the equivalent of having a Walmart greeter perform brain surgery.
7.West Nile Virus heralds from Africa and is now endemic pretty much world wide. We should avoid that with ebola.
Now, if you feel inspired to tackle your health issues because of ebola, that's great, but it doesn't change any of the above. We could all become marathon running vegans tomorrow and it wouldn't make any difference to ebola.
That's why we care about ebola. We can't exercise or diet it away.
Plus, it's probably not a bad thing to go into your ebola infection with
a few extra pounds.
5. Ebola will never be a big problem here. We have much better health care and systems in place.
Hahahaha. I'll buy this one when people stop catching ebola and flying around on commercial airlines while they're coming down with it.
So now what? Do we panic? No, that serves no purpose. What do we do? I have no idea.
If I could, I would fire Dr. Freidan who runs the CDC along with whoever else is in management. That leaves the problem of identifying an appropriate replacement though, and I'm not sure we have anyone waiting in the wings who has the right skill set.
Somehow, we have to get to a point where the CDC isn't actually exposing or infecting people. How that happens, I can't tell you.
I'm categorized as a severe persistent asthmatic* and I have a history of HPA axis suppression due to steroids used to treat the asthma.
Doctors miss the HPA axis suppression every time and actively fight me on it. I've had am cortisols of 1 and 6 and ACTH of less than 5, yet the doctors still can't get on board. The medical myopia and general lack of adrenal knowledge is horrifying.
How did I ever get diagnosed? I took premed classes for 2 years (during a health upswing) and figured it out.
I thought since previous rounds of suppression have been so well documented, I wouldn't have a problem again. I was wrong.
I've been fighting the current round of Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency since March 2010. It has eviscerated my ability to work and to function as a normal human being. Which sucks since I have a toddler who just wants her momma to play with her.
*eh... I bet it'll go back to moderate persistent, once the excitement of last year's hospitalization dies down.
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