People are freaking out–right now my news feed is blowing up because somebody barfed in the Pentagon parking lot, causing officials to seal off one entrance, and quarantine a busload of people headed to some jarhead’s change of command ceremony.
While we’re spazzing out about whether or not to buy online this year, because the person at the shipping dock might have had Ebola (seriously–I’ve seen this concern! I’m afraid these folks might just starve to death if they figure out the same problem could occur at the store. “THIS JUST IN: Walmart might be an Ebola vector!”)- If we’re taking such drastic action to protect against the spread of this deadly virus, the CDC should be proactive to prevent THOUSANDS of deaths this year alone from a much more heinous killer, that’s already breached our shores.
Barricade all KFCs.
I’m serious! Ebola has killed ONE person in the US, and TWO MORE are infected because of DIRECT contact with the deceased victim. Meanwhile, an average of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND Americans die ANNUALLY from heart disease! The three leading contributors to heart disease are high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol levels, and smoking.
Six. Hundred. Thousand. Per. Year. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Portland Oregon or Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wait, you don’t care about people dying, as long as it’s not you? Ok, then choke on this number: the CDC estimates that heart disease costs $108.9 BILLION per year!
Now, we can’t outlaw tobacco, because, well, it’s too big to fail. But the smaller fast food chains like KFC are nothing more than disease-dispensers.
This whole Ebola scare in the US is a prime example of irrational thinking driving imbecilic behavior. If we really were worried, we’d start outlawing fried foods. Ebola is a real problem in West Africa. In the US, it’s just fodder to feed our irrational need for drama.