October 01, 2014

Ebola is Here

In case you aren't manically up to date on your global epidemics (and don't follow someone who is, like me, on Twitter), yesterday, someone in Dallas was confirmed to have Ebola, the as-of-now-untreatable virus that has killed at least 50% of the people it's infected in West Africa this year.

I had another post planned for today but after hearing the news yesterday, I was in the throes of a media induced panic. You know, the type of thing the CDC told us not to do.

But despite the CDC's acute observations that "this is not Africa," ever since seeing the movie Contagion, this type of situation has been in the top five on my list of "generally unlikely fears," right under developing an autoimmune disorder and someone breaking into my apartment while I'm sleeping.

Only now, this fear has moved up dramatically from "generally unlikely" to "to be determined." And my feelings towards Ebola have also moved up from "I wish there was some way to help those people" to "WTF, what happens if I become one of those people?!"

Much like this post, I texted my dad shortly after hearing the news yesterday with nothing really to offer besides a frenzied, perhaps unwarranted hysteria. His response was simply,"Nothing you can do about it. Transferred by body fluids. Don't touch people."

So in case you're wondering what I'll be doing in the foreseeable future, it will be not touching anyone, not going to Texas or West Africa, and linking to articles like this and this that will tell you everything you need to know about the virus.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with something less sinister. Or maybe I will have just imploded by then.