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Saturday, October 04, 2014

The lesson AIDS teaches us about Ebola

I remember all too well when the AIDS crisis first hit the United States. In order to keep people from panic, all sorts of erroneous information was reported by nurses, healthcare professionals, and others. "You can't get it from this, that, or the other," they said.

Actually there is a lot they don't know about illnesses that are relatively new to the United States. Before AIDS was adequately understood, the pronouncements from the "experts" about it were way premature. I even heard a Master's Degree level nurse with my own ears stated that AIDS is "very hard to get," and that you have to come into contact with an infected person, such as through sex, over and over and over to put yourself at risk. BULL. Later it was confirmed you could get it after engaging in sex with an infected person ONCE.

We are hearing the same things about Ebola. "It is hard to catch." "It is very difficult to spread." If this is true, how is it that a cameraman for NBC News got it while reporting from Liberia?

I wouldn't trust the CDC any more than I do DHS, the EPA, the ATF, or the Obama White House. Protect yourself any way you see fit until we know more about this illness.


Karl said...

Great point, and a point missing from the current discussions.

For those who are too young to remember the first disease from Africa, and all the rumors and bad information from the "experts," you'll get to live it in the coming days. Because the other option, the one not chosen, is our "leaders" will look to history as a guide to handle this one correctly.

Found you through Western Rifle's blogroll.

Welshman said...

Glad you found your way over here. WRSA is one of my fav sites, and one that I visit every day.