Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ebola may be deadlier that first suspected

So the Ebola virus appears to be worse that first suspected.  But we no longer need to worry, because President Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. troops over to West Africa to stop the spread of the disease.

I know... I know... you're thinking the same thing I am: the purpose of the military is to shoot people and break things, but Obama has found a revolutionary new task for the military, a task of conquering a disease that not even the world's best scientists and physicians have not been able to conquer.

But what is the military going to break in West Africa?  Who is it going to kill? Are they going to go over there to shoot the virus?  I am perplexed as to what the military is going to do, unless it's 3,000 military scientists and physicians.

Even if the task was to shoot the viruses, this task might be impossible.  Reports have it that the death count from Ebola are greatly under reported.  A grave digger working in the capital of the Republic of Sierra Leone, a city of over a million inhabitants, said copious bodies have been dumped for burial.

Yet while this is true, the Sierra Leone Health Ministry has reported only 10 deaths from the Ebola epidemic that was first recognized just over six months ago. Even the World Health Organization has acknowledged that the body count has been severely underestimated.

As I reported at the RT Cave, the virus is highly infectious, meaning that it easily jumps from one person to another, yet it's not very contagious, meaning that to get it you have to touch the bodily fluids of someone who has the disease, something that rarely occurs unless you are a healthcare worker.

However, there are investigators in Canada who suspect that the disease may have figured out a way to spread between species and victims through the air; that it has found a way to be airborne.  If this is true, the disease may also be deadlier than first suspected.