Usually all news is about location, location, location. But Ebola was about timing, timing, timing.
Republicans are seeking to take enough seats in the U.S. Senate to put President Barack Obama in a virtual quarantine. The GOP is already on record as saying it would do anything to destroy his presidency.
But Africa? There is a three-letter acronym for this: WTF.
No one cares about Africa.
Having spent 14 years covering news across the African continent it was rare indeed when its news made the front pages in American or European media, when newspapers still published on paper.
Many fellow journalists recall similar experiences.
Should anyone care that perhaps 5,000 people have died in West Africa? Of course. But do they?
Big Daddy Warbucks Dick Cheney pushed for development of a vaccine for Ebola, and for other diseases that might be weaponized, after Sept. 11. The vaccine was found in 2005, tested and promptly put on a shelf.
Eight people are known to have died from Ebola outside Africa, though all apparently came in contact with people who had been in the region.
A White House official told the New York Times the New York-New Jersey reaction was an “uncoordinated, very hurried, an immediate reaction to the New York City case that doesn’t comport with science.”
Only one person has died in the U.S. Half a dozen other cases have been reported, all involving health care workers.
New York and New Jersey have imposed a quarantine on anyone suspected of having been exposed. That includes an American health care worker who was tested found to be virus free.
A White House official told the New York Times
the New York-New Jersey reaction was an “uncoordinated, very hurried, an immediate reaction to the New York City case that doesn’t comport with science.”
Saturday Night Live put it all in perspective. Referring to the New York situation, Weekend Update reported that Ebola was in the Big Apple. And that means it now has all known diseases.
ww.dallasnews.com/ebola/headlines/20141026-doctors-experts-stop-the-ebola-quarantines-after-nurse-felt-like-prisoner.ece t=_blank]Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said the quarantines and some other measures were “draconian”
He said helping Africa is the best way to stop the spread of the disease.
The nurse thrown into quarantine in New York City, Kaci Hicko
x, told CNN: “I understand that people feel like they have a risk, and we can have a conversation about what further measures might look like, but this is an extreme that is really unacceptable. And I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.”