Spoiler alert – no news here, and there won’t be.
Sure, there may well be a lot of hysterical nonsense about the potential problems for health care workers and first responders, flight attendants and TSA screeners. But there won’t be a crisis, a disaster, or even a problem.
And no, hordes of Ebola-infected suicide germ-bombers aren’t going to invade over our “porous” borders. An idea so preposterous, so far-fetched, so un-doable that only the most naive, nutty, or non-sensical would give it more than a nano-second’s thought. The debunk is here.
Ebola is quite hard to transmit – it requires direct contact with bodily fluids from an individual exhibiting symptoms. This isn’t some airborne germ spreadable by sneezes or aerosol. The US healthcare system is already quite focused on germ control – ever seen an ER staffer not gowned and gloved for any contact at all? And if they even think there’s an infection risk, it’s full Hazmat time.
BTW, “direct contact” isn’t touching someone skin-to-skin. It occurs, according to the CDC, when “body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person (alive or dead) have touched someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion.”
What does this mean for you?
Get back to worrying about motor vehicle accidents, flu, and silicosis. Nothing to see here.