Just seven months ago, Ebola was "just" a disease in its outbreak stages in Africa. Now it’s an epidemic affecting healthcare workers, airline passengers and others halfway across the globe who never should have been exposed.
Today, we’re getting news that former vice presidential chief of staff Ron Klain is up for the role of Ebola "czar" as this potential pandemic continues to unfold on our shores.
The question we face — as researchers, travelers, investors and individuals who happen to like being around other people — is whether the Ebola infection fears are overblown … or whether we aren’t worried enough.
Consider that Dallas healthcare workers Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who were supposedly at "low risk" of catching Ebola, are now fighting the deadly disease in Maryland and Atlanta, respectively.
Meanwhile one of their colleagues who handled Ebola lab specimens quarantined herself on a cruise ship this week … despite showing no signs of the illness.
This tells us it’s time for a reality check about this epidemic.
Your Uncommon Wisdom Daily team has been closely following the news and clocking extra research hours to bring you the timeliest, most accurate information we can find. We never want you to make a decision about your financial health out of fear, and the same goes for your personal well-being.
Here’s what we’ve uncovered so far …
What makes Ebola different and much more dangerous is its sophisticated ability to bypass the dendritic cells undetected and shut off their “alarm system.”
This leaves the immune system clueless, and therefore no antibodies are made to combat the Ebola virus.
In the end, it’s not the Ebola virus that kills its victim. It’s actually his or her own immune system in the form of something called a “cytokine storm.” Continue reading …
Amber Vinson actually flew on an airliner from Dallas to Cleveland. She took her temperature before boarding the flight home, noticed a slight fever, and called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to seek advice.
The CDC failed to advise Nurse Vinson to stay off the plane. So now, hundreds of other people who were on the plane with her, or flew the same plane on subsequent flights, are at risk.
That the U.S. government, with every possible power and resource at its disposal, allowed this to happen is embarrassing. No wonder people are comparing the CDC’s Ebola response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inept performance when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Continue reading …
An estimated 22,000 people are infected at this point in time. By the time you finish reading this article, 500 to 750 people could become infected (assuming the infection rate doesn’t accelerate).
Currently, WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not mathematically discussing how the increasing number of infections could multiply the speed with which Ebola spreads throughout Africa and the world.
It’s entirely possible that, by New Year’s Eve, 250,000 people will come into direct contact with this disease that kills 9 out of 10 of those infected.
And that’s not even the scariest part. Continue reading …