"where’s my christian grey????” hopefully locked up in prison
I made the mistake of reading the Ebola tag. Here’s the deal, sweet ignorant chickens:
- An Ebola outbreak is not a major threat in the Global North. As long as the virus spreads only through bodily fluids, our epidemiological and health services are quite up to the task of containing any cases that do make it across the Atlantic. Like many diseases in Africa and Asia, Ebola is made a particular threat by poverty, poor infrastructure, and poor healthcare facilities. You may notice that many of the news articles from reputable sources are highlighting lack of cooperation with medical personnel — this is understandable, given the historical relationship between tribal cultures of West Africa and “helpful” foreigners, but — it’s not a problem in the United States. Yes, Ebola is a very deadly disease — but its transmission method means that it is relatively easy to contain in a country with a good infrastructure, monetary resources, and a competent government agency.
- Richard Preston is not a good source of non-exaggerated, non-sensationalized epidemiological information!! Put down The Hot Zone, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack. Ebola doesn’t turn you into a zombie, and heavy bleeding is actually quite rare.
Really good points. It may also help to know that Ebola is transmitted through direct close contact with infected fluids (ex. sweat, saliva, waste), and not through, say, sneezing or coughing, like the common cold.
It’s also lucky that Ebola can only be caught from people with active symptoms, unlike many other viruses. Since sick people often stay home, the risk of exposure is lesser.
In West Africa, many people who catch Ebola do so because of poor sanitation (i.e., exposure to waste from water sources) and not person-to-person exposure.
There are no reported cases of Ebola outside of Africa.
There are contractors painting the outside of my house, and I can hear them talking. I’m trying not to eavesdrop, but they’re right outside my room window.
If you ever wonder what 3 men in their early 30s talk about on their own: Destiny’s Child. “The only reason I ever followed them was Beyoncé. I saw her, I thought ‘That’s the hottest girl I’ve ever seen.’” “Mmmmhmm.”
Straight-haired people need to check their privilege. The amount of times a friend or even acquaintance has come up to me, with my naturally curly hair (that looks nothing like curling iron curls), and said “your hair got a little frizzy, you want to borrow my brush?”
OK, 1. you have no idea how much brushing would not help, and, 2. wowrude.
No matter how many times you tell them “it would just make it worse”, they assume you are just being lazy and need some sort of intervention. I had a friend who did this so often that I finally just told her to brush my hair herself, and I will always remember the look on her face as the static appeared and my hair transformed into a (frizzy) mushroom cloud.
You have no idea how good you have it, straight-haired people.