Tuesday, Sept 30th the first case of Ebola in the United States officially surfaced in Dallas, TX – An event that, if government and media sources were to believed, was ‘unlikely’.
For months official sources have been downplaying the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa and many who have been warning of the potential horror that could be unleashed if the disease isn’t contained have been downright ridiculed, and mocked as fear mongers – even as the number of cases has been increasing exponentially.
With almost no restrictions on travel out of the countries hit hardest by the outbreak, anyone without their head buried in the sand knew it was only a matter of time before the disease was spread to many other countries, including the US.
But STILL there are those who would try to convince the public that there is nothing to fear. With the outbreak continuing to get worse and steadily crossing every benchmark that we were told would never happen, even some in the mainstream media are starting to blink.
From MSNBCs Hardball:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I’m just trying to follow the logic here. Everybody’s being told, don’t worry unless they have the infectious symptoms, you can see them, that you don’t have to worry about catching them. Yet, this guy picked up the disease apparently from somebody who did not have the infectious symptoms.
DR. EZEKIEL EMANUEL: Again, don’t hypothesize because we just don’t know. We have no idea what he did or didn’t do and how he got it. I’m sure that’s going to be vital information to try to understand the transmission, but the idea that there’s going to be a widespread outbreak here, I think is just, again, it’s a bit of fear mongering. We have a single case. This is not a big, widespread —
MATTHEWS: Yeah, yeah, but I’m just going back to the president’s statement, doctor, and that is that the president said it would be unlikely if we had a case in this country. Unlikely to even have one case. You want to see the tape again?
EMANUEL: He said there wouldn’t be an Ebola outbreak.
MATTHEWS: No, and in the second part of his sentence he said in the unlikely case someone brings it here. In the unlikely case someone brings it here. Well, they’ve done it. We’re living in the world of the unlikely already. That’s all I’m saying. I’m not fear mongering. I’m stating the facts and I wonder if everybody else is.
All the reasons that are currently being given for why Ebola will not be a major issue in the US are the EXACT SAME reasons that were given for why it would be contained in the first country. Then those same reasons were given for why it would not spread beyond 1000 people. Then we heard the same reasons again for why it would be contained at 5000. And even a few short days ago were were still hearing those reasons offered as explanations for why Ebola would not get into the US. And now it’s here. Each ‘unlikely’ threshold has been breached and yet they still want you to believe that everything is under control.
Now I am certainly not saying that Ebola is guaranteed to be a massive outbreak in America, as that is still ‘unlikely’.
However getting attacked by a bear is unlikely too, but when you are deep in the Alaskan wilderness face to face with a roaring Grizzly, that fact that it may be statistically unlikely doesn’t mean much; Because you’re in the world of the unlikely already.