Had I said to you a month ago that your flight was quarantined because of an Ebola scare, you would have laughed out loud (unless, of course, youâ€™re from Western Africa). But today, thatâ€™s the reality. Weâ€™re seeing a level of paranoia that is completely unwarranted, and Iâ€™m afraid itâ€™s only going to get worse. So, how about we dispel some of these myths? Iâ€™ve put together some incredibly useful tips to help.
Yes, there are a couple of cases of Ebola in the US, but in its current state, itâ€™s just really hard to catch the disease. That hasnâ€™t prevented people from freaking out, of course. We can thank the media for that panic with a frenzied level of coverage. On Friday, Delta had a flight quarantined in Vegas. It was Unitedâ€™s turn on Sunday in LA. And you know weâ€™re just going to see more of these.
Iâ€™m not a doctor, but I can read. And I know that the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization both have websites. Thatâ€™s enough to qualify me as being able to understand the basics of how this thing works. (You can too unless, of course, youâ€™re a conspiracy theorist who doesnâ€™t believe anything. In that case, enjoy your underground bunker.)
One of the problems with Ebola is that the symptoms start out just like a flu. So as we move into flu season, half the US is going to decide it has contracted Ebola. Airline planners â€“ you might want to start padding your schedules to account for the inevitable quarantines on every other flight. This is not going to work out well unless people take a deep breath and get educated.