Re: Silver Lining
Within the United States, all the attention on Ebola is really overblown. Within parts of Africa, we haven't -- as a nation -- paid enough attention when you look at the staggering death rates and high rate of transmission from patient to patient. Looking at Ebola selfishly in the West, I think we need to take it as a wake-up call for what we'd do if it wasn't Ebola, if it was something that did spread via air, that did make people sick faster, and that was harder to treat or much faster spreading in the west. As we've seen, US health systems are unprepared for Ebola -- and would be unprepared for anything even worse, more contagious, or more lethal.
With that in mind, government and health leaders must figure out the weak points, review the failures and any highlights, and determine how they can improve the system so fewer people (consumers, healthcare workers, government agents) would be affected in the face of a full-blown pandemic.