Ebola Virus Is Coming! (Or Is It?!?)

by Allen Gil October 17, 2014

Ebola Virus Is Coming! (Or Is It?!?)

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Not many things drive me crazier than when people use social media to perpetuate ignorance.

It’s bad enough when one person doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about.

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Magnify that via the power of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you end up with what is commonly referred to as a clusterf*ck. Just because your buddy in Florida posted a status update about Ebola virus making people into zombies doesn’t mean you need to perpetuate the silliness by sharing it with your circle of friends. Stop the madness, people!

Let’s get this out in the open in as simple a way as possible: Ebola is less dangerous to you than the common cold. By a LONG shot. common cold sneeze

Ebola can only be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids from someone who has Ebola and is displaying symptoms currently.

Compare that to the common cold (rhinovirus) which you can be infected with by direct contact or through indirectly inhaling droplets from a cough of someone who is NOT displaying symptoms at all. The reality is that in the U.S., the spread of this type of disease is incredibly improbable and wouldn’t even be a talking point if people took 27 seconds to educate themselves about the disease. How long did it take you to read this last paragraph?

Eyes Up HERE! Good. You’re not allowed to say dumb things about Ebola now.

So, stay off of Facebook, would ya?!?

• Current estimates are that planet-wide death tolls from Ebola MIGHT reach as high as 10-15,000 by the end of the year.

• Compare that to the common flu which kills over 500,000 people EVERY YEAR and is MORE contagious than Ebola!

Can you smell what I’m cooking over here yet? (It’s bacon in case you were wondering.) Stick to the kitty pictures and funny memes about CrossFitters wearing super long, obnoxious socks and the world will keep going around, I promise. 

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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