I think we have lost our collective minds. If it weren’t so sad, it would be kind of funny. Talk about a lack of moral fiber. I am talking about Ebola and Terrorism (if you think it was terrorism). First we have the total panic about Ebola. MY GOD! IT’S IN OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!
Then cooler heads prevailed and after much stumbling around, we get control of everything and quarantine the appropriate people while the professionals explain to us how hard it is to get the disease (which it is). Things calm down and then we find out the perfect hospital has an infected nurse.
SHE HAD PROTECTION AND STILL GOT SICK! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. Then we find things are not so perfect in the hospital, the CDC protocol needs adjustment, and nobody was trained with hands on training (here, read this). Then we find out another nurse has traveled to Ohio and on the return flight she had a slight fever (symptomatic) and the CDC said fly. She has Ebola.
WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! CLEVELAND OHIO IS DOOMED. BURN THE PLANE. (Oh and I forgot, EMBARGO ALL FLIGHTS FROM AFRICA (except there aren’t any and nobody can figure out how that would work). Okay, the dust settles. We institute screening at airports to make sure no one is symptomatic, but doesn’t really keep Ebola out if you are not yet. Of course you are not infectious yet, but we are going to forget that soon.
So now no one else comes down with it. We start to calm down. Maybe the doctors are right, it is hard to catch this thing until people are really sick. CDC seems to get their stuff together, some people are healing, Duncan’s girl friend comes out of quarantine. We are going to get through this.
TERRORISM STIKES CANADA! ISIS HAS INFILTRATED CANADA AND TURNED ON THEIR SLEEPERS! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. SEAL THE SOUTHERN BORDERS! Except it looks like this guy is a whack job who found Islam a good excuse as any. And the other guy running down soldiers in the parking lot is another whack job. Oh and there is a hatchet attack.
ISIS IS EVERYWHERE AND LOGGING INTO THEIR SITES ON THE WEB WILL TURN YOU INTO A ZOMBIE FOR GOD! But it turns out we are panicking and these are just disturbed people looking for an excuse to act out, not some plot against the sovereignty of Canada. But ISIS takes credit for it anyway since both sovereign leaders still claim it is terrorism.
A doctor just back from Africa rides the subway and bowls and then comes down Ebola. EBOLA IS EVERYWHERE! IT’S ON THE SUBWAY! IT’S IN THE BOWLING ALLEY (not to mention his rental shoes)! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! How could a doctor who treated Ebola patients and has no symptoms (and is not infectious) bowl and ride a subway? We have completely forgotten that it is very hard to catch. We are panicking again and enter the politicians.
Governor’s Cuomo and Christie declare that anyone treating or in contact with Ebola stricken people will be in a mandatory quarantine for 21 days. So we don’t need no stink’in CDC, we will make decisions based on fear and the lowest common denominator in a state by state basis. We don’t care that this policy may be counterproductive in that it will protect no one, and may be a deterrent to going to Africa and fighting the real fight.
WE ARE FUCKING MORONS! I hope we are never invaded by Martians or this country is going to be a real mess. Do you have your own defendable space?