Broadcast and cable TV are as usual, marching in lockstep: Devoting endless hours of billion dollar air time to a single subject: Ebola. Why? Yes, it’s a nasty, contagious disease by all accounts. So are malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chagas disease and a host of others that you haven’t heard of, many highly contagious.
But now suddenly (Ebola is not new) the media is going on hour after hour about a disease with so far, three or four U.S. cases. Meanwhile, it is ignoring enterovirus D-68, that has so far produced over 700 cases and that paralyzes kids in a parallel to polio.
We can guess the fact that the flood of unscreened Central American kids from areas where the disease is common are being blamed for the previously rare (in the U,S,) disease may have something to do with the media silence, especially as the CDC is vehemently denying any connection. Without of course, any solid data for the denial.But admitting that the Democrats’ and Republicans’ flood of ‘migrants’ has a downside seems an obvious no – no. So, silence on enterovirus and the paralyzed kids.
But why all the fuss on Ebola’s three from four cases? Especially why fuss on TV while leaving the border open, flights unmonitored and while sending troops to west Africa? To do what, shoot the virus? Dunno.
We are reminded by suspicious types of the H1N1 Swine Flu ‘pandemic’ of a few years back. Some are comparing it to Ebola at the moment. The Swine Flu, after media fusss, eventually turned out to appear more as a need for a larger market for vaccines than as a genuine threat. And some with memories of that are awaiting the announcement of a new vaccine to save the day if only a few billion are quickly available. Pretty cynical but in today’s world of crony capitalism, not impossible.
We’ll await that miraculous vaccine. We’ll also wait to see whether the African outbreak fades as past ones have done, or builds. At this point, we don’t see shutting down the world economy with massive travel bans that would be circumvented anyway. We don’t understand either why anyone should expect the President to make it go away. Let’s blame him for what he can handle, there’s no shortage.
All we know to do with this sort of thing, is watch what happens. History is full of sudden plagues, why should we be an exception? And the world is now too small to screen such off from the rest of us. We’d best deal with it as we can.
If the thing balloons in the U.S. and a miraculous vaccine is suddenly available, we’ll start to wonder … For now, we’ll wait and see.Until we get the sniffles, anyway.