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The Ebola Situation Requires Education & Public Confidence

Category: Sports
Posted: 10/03/14 10:41, Edited: 10/03/14 10:43

by Dave Mindeman

I fully realize that the Ebola situation is very concerning, but we also have to look at this with educated eyes and not with fearful ones.

I like this quote from someone on Twitter....

Yes, the ebola virus could spread but not nearly as fast as the rumors of worst case scenarios.

I have been listening to the news reports on the developments and exposures and although I think the 24/7 cycle has a lot of overkill, for the most part the reporting has been responsible.

One thing that is very important is that we are able to trust the Federal government to handle this right. The recent campaign to destroy that trust has been reasonably successful and this could actually be dangerous going forward.

We need to accept what the CDC and other government agencies tell us and more importantly FOLLOW THEIR PROTOCOLS. If we start to act on our own with self analyzed actions, we could put others at risk.

What the Texas officials did at a local press conference undermined confidence in the local responses in Dallas. After Rick Perry gave a general statement, the remaining personell that held the rest of the news conference were "supposedly" the experts meant to deal with the issue.

They were woefully inadequate.

The press had a ton of questions. Only a few were answered and then they scurried off to "more meetings". The local press vented their frustrations by demanding some transparency and full access. None of that happened and I can't imagine that the trust levels for disseminating information was NOT off to a good start.

Frankly, Governor Rick Perry's ability to handle this type of situation should be called into question and his credentials for being President degraded.

The ebola or any other viral disease situation requires education and confidence in public officials.

The CDC has done a very good job so far - Rick Perry, not so much.
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