Keep a healthy perspective

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Ebola is a crisis in Africa. It is not going to be a crisis in North America, so stop freaking out.

The chances of a pandemic happening here are virtually nonexistent unless Ebola becomes airborne. And even if it did become airborne, it wouldn’t be able to wipe out an entire country because Ebola kills a victim too fast that it wouldn’t have time to spread.

The crisis happening in Africa is real and scary.

As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the death toll had risen to at least 932.

That is a lot of people to die from the disease, but be wary of fake reports and scare tactics.

Governments in North America are kept up-to-date on the progress of what is happening in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Just because two Americans — Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol — have been flown back to the United States with Ebola doesn’t mean everyone in the hospital will soon be dying of the disease.

In fact, both received an experimental serum called ZMapp — which has not been approved for human use — and getting a dose of that three-antibody cocktail, both patients’ symptoms appeared to get better.

There are also reports that have stated Canadian scientists have found a cure for the Ebolavirus in monkeys.

These two patients are still a far way off from a possible recovery, but it does give doctors and scientists hope that maybe they can stop this disease from killing people in the future.

The WHO has held a two-day emergency meeting in Geneva to determine how to address the outbreak.

One major way to try and curb the outbreak from expanding from country to country is for airlines to stop allowing sick passengers on flights.

Doctors Without Borders has made a plea to airlines to screen travellers for contagious diseases and not penalize them for changing flights when they are healthy again.

It seems like a simple idea that could protect a lot of people in the long run.

Ebola is a disease that agonizingly kills people every year, but organizations are already trying to work on a cure.

It is a start, but people need to read carefully and use common sense.

Don’t let panic set in, as it won’t help anyone.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors Without Borders

Geographic location: Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, United States Geneva

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