Three weeks ago, give or take, EBOLA hit the front page of every news stand and flooded every national broadcast and dominated every Google search like no other news report in America has in a long time. The CDC began overwhelming us with information on who can and who can’t catch this horrific disease, who is at risk and who is not, whether there will be a national outbreak or whether these are isolated cases, etc. (I’ll make no judgment as to whether this information is accurate of not). In the meantime, our President ignored it all or was at least silent until panic concerning this issue became rampant. (Again, I’ll make no judgment as to whether truth and accuracy was presented to the American people.)
Then to everyone’s devastation, Thomas Eric Duncan died. The first patient diagnosed in America doesn’t make it and fear rises. To make matters worse, we discover that two of the nurses that cared for Mr. Duncan have contracted the disease. Fear increases!
More news floods our homes. Whose fault was it that these nurses contracted this disease? Did they follow protocol? Was there any protocol? Was the existing protocol bad? Do we close our borders? Should we have a mandatory quarantine for those who have potentially, maybe, possibly been exposed? Naturally these are all complex issues for most Americans and certainly for our politicians in Washington.
These questions are not for me to answer especially in this article. What I do want to point out is that a man came to America and unknowingly brought Ebola with him. And it is America’s hospitals and citizens who cared about this man enough that, despite the immense risk, we exposed 70 (SEVENTY) healthcare workers to this deadly disease . We cared about his life so much that 70 men and women knowingly risked not only their lives but the lives of their families in order to save this one man, one life, one precious human soul.
So for that, I applaud our love for life. One soul does matter, one life does matter. We do love life, and as Americans, we believe all life is to be valued and treasured. My only prayer and hope is that we would take what we have seen in this crisis and transfer it to every other human life.
If we care about one man enough to risk so much, can we find it in our hearts to risk just as much for the sake of the unborn? If we can risk a national epidemic for Mr. Duncan, can we find it within our grasp to lovingly care for the elderly until their natural passing? If we truly do care for life so much as to risk the lives of so many to save just one, will we defend those who are innocent and cannot care for themselves? I pray we can.
I have new hope for America in what I have seen in this crisis!