On September 30, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the first diagnosed case of Ebola happened in the Lone-Star State. This news release was published 10 days after the person arrived in the United States, 7 days after the person felt ill, 5 days after the person sought medical care, and 2 days after finally being admitted into the hospital.
In brief the news release stated that Ebola raises concerns amongst our society but with prior experience with similar diseases that have threatened our society in the past decade our health care system should be able to contain this infectious disease.
CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden said “Ebola can be scary. But there’s all the difference in the world between the U.S and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The United States has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities, while it is not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient in the coming weeks, I have no doubt that we will contain this.”
What I captured from this statement was that Ebola, although seriously LIFE THREATENING, is not a huge deal. The CDC’s got this! American’s should not be too concerned, right? Sure there has been a case reported by ABCNews where a man thought to have died from Ebola wakes up, and sure the United States government has lay out a plan against zombies , but why should Ebola be driving American’s mildly crazy when there is ‘no doubt that we will contain this’?
Well, like me there are others who question the response of the CDC. Although I do not believe in any conspiracy that may say that Ebola is going to turn everyone into zombies, I do believe that the CDC could have done a better job at informing the American public about this disease.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that the news release was done quite well because it handled the situation carefully, as it should have, and it displayed how and and why this situation could be contained. As an American resident, I believe that the measures that can be done are being done and the release and videos provided by the CDC have given me this reassurance.
However, they could have published that there was a person whom had Ebola immediately after it was diagnosed. Although the news release was reported two days after the diagnosis, it was 2 days too late. Those two days took America by storm.