Up front: Shove your accusations of “panic mongering.” Someone has to ask these damn questions.
A British man suspected of having contracted Ebola has died in Macedonia.
The UK Foreign Office said it was urgently investigating the reports.
A British citizen travelling with the unnamed man said they had not been to any areas affected by the deadly virus, a Macedonian government spokesman said.
Later the government spokesman said the man’s travelling companion told the authorities they had travelled directly from the UK to Skopje.
Did he get it from the plane? If someone with Ebola gets bodily fluids onto a plane, is that plane then “hot” and able to transfer the virus to other passengers who happen to touch an infected surface?
And really, you better hope it was the plane that was “hot.” Because if it wasn’t, then there’s someone out there with communicable Ebola no one knows about.
Update: It wasn’t Ebola at all: British ‘Ebola victim’ in Macedonia did NOT have the disease and died after massive drinking binge, health officials say
Kim’s warning that the global community was still not “moving fast enough” came as the Ebola virus claimed its first victim in the US and news of a case in Spain sent shares in travel and airline companies tumbling on stock exchanges.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
So I’m not the only person wondering about commercial airliners becoming “hot zones.”
“The workers are really worried because they tend to be exposed to bodily fluids,” including by cleaning out bathrooms on airplanes, said Amity Paye, a spokeswoman for the union.
The employees of Air Serv Corp. said conditions in general are unsafe, citing freezing temperatures, sweltering heat and gloves that tear too easily, exposing workers to potential hazards. The concern has recently turned to the Ebola virus, and not having been properly trained to reduce the risks, Paye said.
The front line of defense are worried too.
What happens if Ebola gets a foothold in a country where people blow themselves up, such as Iraq? Or an area controlled by ISIS? Do you really think a worldwide medical response would even be possible?
What happens if Ebola gets into China? What if a worker in a Foxconn factory assembling devices for Apple dies of it? Immediate import ban on those devices until everyone can be assured it can’t be transmitted — and if you think that’s going to be possible in China, where lying and cheating seems to be an ingrained part of the culture — not to mention a government that likes to cover things up — I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
It was unimaginable just two months ago that there would ever be a case of Ebola in America.
Yet it has happened.
While everyone was thinking, “It’s just Africans” dying, that narrow-mindedness and tunnelvision led to the disease escaping its “confines” and moving to America and Europe (Spain, and perhaps now Macedonia as well).
This crisis has been sold all wrong.
The only thing people seem to understand — and value — today is money.
If a Foxconn worker dies in an assembly plant, think of the effect even a few weeks of production stoppage will have on the worldwide economy. That Apple stock that’s been sky-high will crash to earth faster than the mythical Icarus. And how many other companies rely on Foxconn for production? The list is longer than you can possibly imagine.
We’ve outsourced manufacturing to so many other countries that an Ebola outbreak in one country can have a devastating financial cascade effect that would make the 2008 financial meltdown look like a weak performance by amateurs.
All of you greedsters out there, smug that you’re far, far away from Africa — the source of your wealth actually resides in other countries. So you’d better wake the hell up before your paper worth is revised down to zero.
Save this post.
Because if we manage to beat back Ebola this time, something else can come along later.
There’s always the flu.