For months now, Americans have been told there was no need to worry that the Ebola virus would reach American shores, that the chance was highly unlikely. Those encouraging words have now become a complete fallacy. The first case of Ebola has arrived in the United States in Dallas, Texas. How much of the truth has the American government actually told the American people? The timeline of events reveals a virus determined to infect, spread and kill any human being in it’s path. The timeline of events begins here:
-It began on March 22 when New Quinea had reported a case of Ebola that had taken the lives of 50 people.
-March 30th: Liberia reports 2 cases with more suspected cases in Sierra Leone.
-April 1st: the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres reports that the virus spreading is “unprecedented”.
-By May 26th: Sierra Leone confirms the first death from Ebola.
-By June 17th: it reaches Sierra Leone’s capital.
– By June 23rd: the death toll was above 350, coining it the worst outbreak in history in West Africa. The MSF declares it “out of control”.
-July 25th: the first report of an Ebola victim in Nigeria.
-July 29th: Doctor Sheik Umar Khan, the only specialist in Africa to assist with Ebola, contracts it and dies.
-August 2nd: American missionary physician infected with Ebola was flown to America for treatment.
-August 5th: the second American infected with Ebola was flown to the U.S. for treatment.
-August 8th: WHO (The World Health Organization) declares that Ebola is an “international health emergency” but doesn’t urge the ban on trade or travel.
-August 12th: WHO says there are 1,000 deaths and will approve the use of drugs that not have been tested on humans or proven.
-August 15th: MSF says it will take 6 months to begin to get under control.
-August 21st: two American missionary workers who were given the vaccine, were released from the hospital free of the virus. The vaccine was a success.
-August 24th: the Democratic Republic of Congo reports an outbreak.
-August 28th: WHO declares the death toll to be 1,550 but warns it will quickly climb to 20,000.
-August 29th: Senegal reports it’s first case of Ebola.
-September 2nd: MSF President admits they are “losing the battle” to contain Ebola…complains about a “global position of inaction”.
-September 3rd: reports that the death rate is accelerating.
-September 5th: World Health Organization reports more than 2,100 dead and 4,000 people infected.
-September 7th: Obama first addresses the nation that we need more help to avoid a global crisis.
-September 9th: WHO tally rises to 2,296 dead and 4,293 infected.
-September 16th: the U.S. sends 3,000 troops to help in the containment efforts after a plea from the Liberian President.
-September 18th: World Health Organization tally 2,630 dead and 5,357 infected.
-September 23rd: CDC makes announcement that 1.4 million people could be infected by January in West Africa.
-September 26th: death toll 3,091 and 6,574 infected….that’s over 10,000 people combined!
-September 30th: CDC confirms first case of Ebola arrived in Dallas!
As the timeline displays, Ebola spreads quickly and is merciless to it’s victims. Every warning there was that the spread of Ebola would blow up on a mass scale seemed to be ignored by the American government. Or was it really? It’s hard to believe anything less that the American government knew this would happen. Why else would they purchase 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits? It’s safe to say it wasn’t for a rainy day outing.
The public is being told that it’s not contagious during the incubation period, yet they quarantine anyone who came in contact with the first victim in Dallas during that period? Officials also say they are scanning people for signs of a fever before they are permitted to get onto an airplane, yet there are no symptoms during the incubation period, which can last 2-21 days. How would anyone even know a person was infected at the airport if they display no symptoms?
The public is being told that you can’t get it unless you come in close contact with an infected person and their bodily fluids. What about saliva? What if the Dallas victim didn’t wash his hands after the bathroom and then touched the seat next to him on the plane? Or what if he had an in flight meal and the flight crew cleaned up after him and got his saliva on their hands? What if he sneezed?
When you see photos of the healthcare workers wearing full protective gear from head to toe when they are treating a person with Ebola, it’s safe to say the first person to bring Ebola to America’s soil, put everyone he saw at risk. The only logical solution all along has been to shut down any in bound and out bound flights from Africa. That would just make too much sense and that’s not what the government seems to have a lot of these days, common sense.
Time to start thinking, America. Prepare you and your family for the worst and hope for the best because at the end of the day, Ebola may be ringing your doorbell sooner than you may want to believe.