An attempt to ease the paranoia associated with Ebola.

Everytime there’s a new pandemic there is mass hysteria leading to some very unfortunate outcomes the least of which is shunning those who were infected or exposed to the infection. Ebola has proven to be even worse then swine and avian flu on this score. Those who were exposed are treated deplorably by their communities.

Understanding the disease is the way we can combat these secondary social problems. And so I have decided based on observing the mass paranoia prevalent in my country to share links to articles on the latest news about Ebola and the treatments that work and the charlatans taking advantage of the paranoia to hawk potentially dangerous, untested chemicals.

First up is a review of a book called the Hot Zone that seems to be driving paranoia to ridiculous levels due to its extremely inaccurate portrayal of the Ebola virus. It is being touted a a true story despite its inaccuracies. If you follow that link you’ll see a critical review of The Hot Zone by Tara Smith who is an infectious disease epidemiologist as well as a science communicator.

Meaghan Ramsey on why thinking you’re ugly is bad for you.

This video was pretty upsetting. The media loves to downplay the effect that the fads they push have on people but it would appear that the problem has gotten quite serious. Image issues are literally stealing opportunities away from us and this is unacceptable.

I could never understand why society in general persists in judging people based on appearance. Appearance used to be a source of annoyance for me as well. It not something I have to deal with often though since I’m more or less stuck in my home. That being said, I do remember how people treated me so I understand what these boys and girls are going through.

I’d like to think that someday we as a society will rise above these superficial judgements.