In recent months the Ebola Pandemic has triggered worries and concern for victims suffering in West Africa. But now the virus has reached here in the United States!
Though Ebola has been closely monitored since its' initial appearance in the late 1970s, it's widespread attention didn't surface until a few months ago, starting from Guinea which killed over 50 people in its southeastern Forest Region, as well as its' capital. Since then the deadly virus has reached Sierra Leone and Liberia, the worst hit of Ebola along with West Africa. Currently more than 3,800 has died to the disease.
Liberian National Thomas Eric Duncan died yesterday, October 8th of the Ebola disease. From what we know, Mr. Duncan was helping a pregnant woman while trying to take her to an available shelter due to many others packed or quarantined. While we are not at liberty of commenting on the legality of the hospital's care for Duncan, we can say that the family is devastated and our prayers are with them.
On October 6th, a Spanish nurse, who helped a Spanish Priest in West Africa suffering from Ebola, eventually became infected after arriving in Spain. The Spanish Government is scrambling to contain the spread of Ebola and it does not help that the Spanish people are now on edge. Sadly, the Spanish Priest has died to Ebola.
President Obama has authorized a medical team to be sent to West Africa to help combat in the fight of Ebola, as well as assist the plight of the victims. Also authorized is screenings in 5 major airports for passengers coming from West Africa. A Nation-wide poll has conducted today that a majority of Americans favor in completely closing off all connections from West Africa until the virus is contained. Supporters of the screenings argue that such a move would be counter-productive as important medical personnel with vital tests results and possible treatments to Ebola will be blocked, thus hindering any medical progress that could be made to successfully treat the virus completely.
We offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the countless families in West Africa who has lost friends and loved ones to Ebola, as well as the Spanish Priest who passed away. Our hearts go out to Thomas Duncans' family who are grieving in an already morbid situation. Our prayers also go out to the Spanish nurse and her family for a successful treatment against her ailment. We hope and pray for our President, government, medical personnel, researchers, nurses, national security personnel and those Americans and their families quarantined at this time, as well as other nurses and doctors in West Africa, for their safety, their health, their bravery and their courage.
Love may not cure ALL earthly diseases, but it is LOVE that keeps us grounded, together and stand in solidarity with those suffering immensely now. Let us unite our own day-to-day struggles, hope for a cure to this deadly disease called Ebola, and if not, remain united in closeness of heart and closeness in spirit.