The World Health Organization (WHO) has not only declared that the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control,” but now the organization has officially declared it to be “one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever.”
That’s ever, as in “in the history of time since the WHO has recorded it”.
Check out this list of recorded Ebola outbreaks. What’s happening now is the deadliest one.
The death toll is now at 467, with nearly 800 people infected throughout Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The WHO points to faith in faith healers, the fact that these areas are so densely populated, and cross-border transmission as the three main reasons the outbreak continues to worsen by the minute.
A WHO press release stated, “Containment of this outbreak requires a strong response in the countries and especially along their shared border areas.” Yes, a strong response, especially at shared border areas. This is EBOLA, after all. Deadly in 90% of people infected with it. Not something to deal with lightly.
Cross-border transmission seems to be one of those three areas where Ebola could be dealt with immediately. Not being a medical professional myself but just using the most basic common sense available to humans in any form, first thing I’d go with is stopping flights and shutting down borders to restrict travel and quarantine the virus as much as possible.
So what is that “strong response” the WHO came up with? Let’s look at the follow-up sentence in the agency’s press release: “As one of the response elements, WHO is organizing a high-level meeting for the Ministers of Health in the sub-region…”
WHAT?! A freaking meeting?
That’s the WHO’s “strong response” to the most challenging Ebola outbreak ever that is admittedly totally out of control?
“As one of the response elements” better mean they decided to do something else, you know, in addition to just slapping together a bunch of stuffy professionals in a hotel conference room to show each other a bunch of stupid PowerPoints while PEOPLE ARE DYING IN MASS OF EBOLA.
It’s “totally out of control” and the “most challenging” outbreak ever…and these guys are going to have a freaking meeting?
In fact, the WHO press release went on to say, “WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone based on the current information available for this event.”
Nah. Why would they restrict travel?! The WHO just said the shared border areas are one of the biggest causes of the Ebola virus being spread so easily and continuing to kill people…so why would they restrict travel on those shared border areas that are one of the biggest causes of the Ebola virus being spread so easily and continuing to kill people?
Oh wait, Medical Daily is going to reassure us as to why we don’t need to worry about shutting down flights or closing borders:
Although the outbreak is obviously very serious, there is a very low chance that it will ever spread to other parts of the world, thanks to the low volume of international flights leaving the affected area. In Conakry, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak is prevalent, and which has an international airport, most flights remain local. “But 10 percent of the traffic goes to Paris,” infectious disease specialist Kamran Khan told NPR. So, if it were to spread, Paris would be the next stop. [emphasis added]
What. The. Hell.
Good thing there are only 290 cities around the world with nonstop flights out of Paris on any given day.
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If I were a conspiracy theorist who didn’t know any better, I’d wonder if these people are intentionally allowing this deadly virus to spread on purpose in some grand eugenics/depopulation scheme to kill as many people as possible. Of course, I know the WHO loves everyone and only acts in the entire world’s best interest, so I would never ever think that.
Guess I’ll go see what’s on Fox News…CNN…surely there’s a ball game on somewhere.