I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I’m not all that worried about getting Ebola. I just want to know what the hell is going on. It’s not “panicking” to want to know what’s going on. Nor is it “panicking” when you notice that the people who claim to know what’s going on don’t actually, um, know what’s going on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took down a page this week explaining how Ebola can be spread though coughing, sneezing and sex…
The CDC page now bears this message:
“The What’s the difference between infections spread through air or by droplets? Fact sheet is being updated and is currently unavailable. Please visit cdc.gov/Ebola for up-to-date information on Ebola.”
Here’s the original page, before it went down the memory hole:
So this version of reality is no longer operative. Probably.
This is why we’re not mollified by people standing behind podiums telling us they’ve got this whole thing under control. This is why we’re skeptical when doctors and nurses who’ve been exposed to it insist there’s no danger at all, no possibility that they can ever, ever, ever infect anybody. Clearly, the science is not settled.
Hey, maybe they’re right. I sure hope they are. But what if they’re wrong? What will they say then?
As for our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media, the ones who’ve been shrieking for years about the
sky gods climate killing us all? Now they’re telling us not to worry about a horribly fatal disease that we don’t really understand. Now they’re claiming to be advocates for individual liberties over the public interest. You can’t turn down a gay couple who want you to bake them a wedding cake, and now you’re not supposed to say anything when they sneeze on it and offer you a slice.
Sure, this thing can turn your guts into sriracha, but aren’t you worried about hurting somebody’s feelings?