We’re not saying that ebola with little to worry about, despite its horrible symptoms and high risk of lethality. We’re saying that ebola is nothing to worry about, especially in a country that has more important things to worry about, like our current peace and order situation, who’s going to be president in 2016, and whether or not Kris Aquino is dating somebody again. Here are 8 reasons why…
8. Our Concept (And Fear) of Ebola Is Tied to the Film “Outbreak”
Placating Fact: Ebola is not airborne right now, and is mainly transferred via bodily fluids. That is, someone with ebola would have to cough or bleed or vomit or sneeze at you before you should worry about catching it. It’s pretty much unlikely to go airborne anytime soon. And by soon, we mean several generations. The only thing “Outbreak” got spot-on about the disease is that it’s easier to deal with it when Morgan Freeman’s around.
7. Ebola Is Well-Tracked
Placating Fact: Ebola spreads only from people exhibiting symptoms. Therefore, the current arduous process in airports all over the world quickly contains an overwhelming majority of possible outbreaks well before they even get started.
6. Unlike Other Government Bodies, Our DOH Is Actually Competent
Placating Fact: Even without a single case of ebola in the country as of this writing, the DOH has already formed a quick-response team to handle ebola. Look at it this way: they’re worrying about it for us so that we don’t have to worry about it.
5. Ebola Is Not Automatically Fatal
Think about that for a moment, and realize that the odds of lightning strikes in the Philippines are even higher, given our weather, yet nobody really worries about that. So why ebola? Because of the symptoms? Well, there is nothing pleasant about the long-term effects of being struck by lightning, either. It’s just that it doesn’t sell as many newspapers or gets as many clicks as talking about ebola.
Placating Fact: It’s pretty interesting that despite having no known cure, ebola isn’t automatically fatal. It’s even more interesting to note that the survivors of ebola are being studied in hopes of finding a cure or at least treatment so one can weather through the worst of the symptoms and survive it, which, again, is out of our control and something we shouldn’t worry about since it’s far from our expertise.
4. We Do Not Have the Same Cultural Tendencies That Contributed to the Outbreak In Africawe do not destroy disease centers because we’re in denial.
Placating Fact: Not that this makes us Filipinos special in any way, but it really helps that our culture of respect for authority in general has allowed us to weather the worst of these health scares relatively unscathed.193 reported cases and only one confirmed death due to swine flu? Those are excellent numbers, and this is the flu we’re talking about. It spreads a lot easier than ebola does.
3. Even Africa Has More Important Things To Worry About Than Ebola
Africa has a lot of problems to worry about, and Ebola is the least of them. After all, since 1976, ebola has officially killed a grand total of 6,000 people, which probably means more Filipinos have died while singing “My Way” in a karaoke bar. In fact, between ebola and malaria, it should be obvious which disease needs to be dealt with more, especially since malaria has a cure and mere awareness drastically changes your likelihood of surviving it. And you can’t tell anyone that people are not aware of ebola right now, so maybe a little malaria awareness is in order.
Placating Fact: The worst killer in the Philippines is heart disease. That’s terrible, of course, but here’s the thing: it’s not infectious. At all.
2. It’s Counterproductive
Placating Fact: An outbreak of ebola in the Philippines becomes a valid worry if and only if we have an infected person get into the plane without being checked properly by the host country, proceeds to infect a bunch of people in the plane, doesn’t get quarantined by the Philippines, and decides to seek medical attention in a poorly-run hospital or clinic instead of a halfway decent one. That is a lot of things going wrong all at the same time, and a single intervention at any point would easily put a stop to it.
And again: what would worrying about it do? It’s not like our worrying would lead to the discovery of a cure. It’s not like our worrying would mean politicians would stop robbing us blind. It’s easy to rally and picket against people. Viruses? Not so much.
1. We’ve Gone Paranoid Over Nothing Before
Placating Fact: Everyone has to die at some point. But chances are, you’re not going to go because of ebola. So relax, cheer up, and live a little!