Ebola Doesn’t Scare Me

So this is more of an opinion piece than anything else, but just try to roll with me here. And no, I am not going to say Ebola doesn’t scare me because I have Jesus on my side, though that is completely true. I am actually going with other statements that even non-Christians can relate to. With all the media hype about Ebola that has spread fear and dread amongst the American populace, I feel that it is wise to take a step back and think about what is happening here. There have been between 3-5 reported cases of Ebola in the U.S. (This does not include the doctors and missionaries who contracted the disease while overseas and returned to the U.S. for treatment). Of these cases, only ONE has resulted in death, and it was likely because it was caught too late and the correct measures were not taken beforehand. I mean, really. There is a picture floating about that points out: “More Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died from Ebola”. And yet everyone goes on about “it’s a national emergency” “It’s an EPIDEMIC!!!!” and so on. So why should we NOT be afraid of Ebola?

1: Because we are a civilized nation.

  • I know this may sound crazy considering what happened in Dallas, but fact is: The U.S. is better equipped to handle Ebola than Africa was. We have clean water, better hygiene, a strong healthcare system, and none of the ignorance and superstition surrounding the disease that is prevalent in Africa. Yes, the death rate in Africa is high, but only because they do not have the resources required to handle such a disease. We have people here in the U.S. who have undergone “hazmat training”, which prepares them for situations just like this.

2: Because the disease does not spread as easily as one might think.

I checked out the CDC website to find out how Ebola was spread. It says, in short, that the disease is spread through contact (through open wounds or through the eyes, mouth, etc.) with body fluids of an infected person, such as saliva. But, the disease is NOT transmitted through the air, like the flu, common cold, etc. You can be in the same room as an infected person and not get the disease. Unless they sneeze on your face, or on you and you touch your face, it is pretty tough to actually get it. And we already take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of germs as it is. We wash our hands after being around someone who is sick(Keep in mind that Ebola presents itself like a cold or flu), we cover our mouths when we sneeze, and we slather our hands in hand sanitizer. We are so ultra clean that it is almost dangerous… But that’s a discussion for another time. What I am saying here is that your chances of contracting it are much lower than you would think.

3: Because most of the hype is something commonly referred to as “fear mongering”.

  • Why is everyone in such a panic about this? Surely it can’t be that the media is sharing all these horrific stories about the people in Africa who have Ebola, and keep spreading the story of the man in Dallas who died? I mean, why would they want us to be scared? Ok, this is going to sound a lot like a conspiracy theory… It is easier to make money when people are scared. We visit the doctor at the slightest sign of the sniffles, we stock up on over the counter medicines and hand sanitizer, and the CDC is even trying to produce a vaccination. All of this is earning some people a lot of money. And not only that, but it is easier to control people who are afraid. What does that mean? Well, because people are so scared, someone high up could say: “The only way to protect yourself from this disease is to get this vaccine and to take these precautions”. And because people are scared, they will take any chance at saving themselves from the terrible epidemic that is apparently upon  us.

Simply put, we have no reason to be freaked out about Ebola. If it does get worse, we will soldier on like we always do. And yes, my biggest reason for not fearing Ebola is that I know that God is watching over me and my loved ones, and that He knows what will happen. He has a plan. So there’s no need to fear the future. Am I saying that you should pretend that there isn’t a problem? No. Because it is reasonable to worry. But don’t let it control you. Don’t lock yourself away because you’re scared. Just trust that everything is in God’s hands, and know that you have nothing to fear.

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