I don’t follow this stuff, but I believe the number one television show in America is called “The Last Ship.” I’ve been watching it. It has some intrigue and is fairly entertaining. It has a Navy ship, although only one – thus the name “The Last Ship,” guns, missiles and Ruskies. What else do you need?
It also has disease. Yes, the program is centered around a worldwide pandemic – a virus that has wiped out most of the world’s population.
This U.S. ship travels the seven seas, or will eventually I assume, searching for a cure, a vaccine for the virus, which is so deadly that if contracted, has a 100% mortality rate.
Now, is it life that imitates art or art that imitates life? I think it’s the latter and in our current, real life condition, it most certainly is. What a coincidence that this show is airing at the same time the world is locked in a battle to contain the deadly African Ebola virus.
It is an odd coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless. Thankfully, there is no conspiracy attached to this outbreak.
It’s odd how these things happen. It reminds me of 2001. An Arnold Schwarzenegger movie was set to release that fall. It was entitled “Collateral Damage” and was about a terrorist bombing in the United States. After 9/11, the film release was understandably postponed several months.
Anyway, the Ebola virus isn’t quite as deadly as “The Last Ship” virus but it’s evidently close – up to 90% mortality, and according to multiple authorities, Ebola is spreading fast, is uncontained, and is said by some to be out of control.
But fear not. The Kerry State Department is on the case. One of the “Valley Girl” State Department spokespersons assures us that the disease is “very unlikely” to spread to the United States and that air travel is absolutely safe.
Man – I feel better knowing our government is on the case.
But I guess the State Department neglected to check with New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where a man recently returned on a flight from West Africa – Ebola central.
He was admitted on Monday with a high fever and gastrointestinal distress – classic Ebola virus symptoms.
Maybe they didn’t know about it because it hadn’t been aired on the TV news at that point.
Okay, they found this guy. Actually they didn’t find him. He showed up unannounced at the Mount Sinai emergency room.
So the next logical question to be asked is – how many people did he come in contact with? At this point the virus isn’t airborne, but still, it can and is being spread, and rapidly. Reports are that the virus is moving out of Africa as a businessman in Saudi Arabia is now being tested.
So no one knew of this New York man until he checked himself in, and the virus symptoms can take up to three weeks to manifest themselves. Does that mean he’s been running around for weeks undetected? Quite possibly.
Now, what of our southern border? The border is a sieve – we know this. We also know that just a fraction of the “crossers” are Central American children. The rest are adults from many different countries, no doubt, some from Africa.
So how long before we hear of a case of Ebola strolling across the border?
Will that be the unfortunate catalyst to finally seal it? Or worse – will we hear of it?
This is potentially some scary stuff, but at this point, there are more questions than answers.
But again – fear not – for our State Department says we are safe! So that must mean we are safe.