By: Deegan Mundy
Only a few weeks ago, I wrote an article “The End of The World?” discussing (somewhat satirically) the issue of Ebola and what this virus meant for those of us a world away, separated by the Atlantic Ocean from the real world Hollywood thriller happening on a completely different continent.
I rarely want to write too much about the same topic, but in this case I feel that it is necessary. As most already know, on Sept.30, Thomas Duncan of Liberia tested positive for Ebola. However this case is strikingly different because it is happening in Dallas, Texas.
At this point, the narrative changes. While on Sept. 25 I wrote that the issue was a world away, it is now on our soil, on our doorstep, and the problem has become real. No longer is it the backdrop an image in our minds of harsh heat in an African desert, it has become the city streets of our very own Dallas, Texas.
It is still unknown exactly how it all came to pass but what we do know is this:
On Sept. 19, Duncan was checked for symptoms and then boarded a commercial flight from Liberia. He was not yet showing symptoms, which means that passengers on the flight had a “zero percent chance” of contracting Ebola.
On Sept. 20, Duncan arrived in Dallas to meet his family.
On Sept. 24, Duncan began showing symptoms. However it was not until the next day, Sept. 25, that he sought medical care. He was sent home after his travel history information was not properly communicated to medical workers.
It was not until Sept. 28 that Duncan once again sought medical care and was placed in isolation.
And now we wait. Amongst rumors that Duncan lied on a screening test to depart Liberia, and anger towards medical workers in Texas for lack of communication, the only thing that can be done is trace Duncan’s footsteps and contain the contagion, that way we will end up with something a little less Hollywood and a little more subdued.