I just want to start off by saying that I’m a terrible person and the Ebola crisis in West Africa is a very serious event that’s taken over 4000 lives as of writing.
With that said, I guess when I read the news that 100 Marines and up to 4000 soldiers were being sent to the region to contain the virus I was a little perplexed as to what they planned on actually doing upon arrival. I doubt the Marines themselves even knew, but from what I’ve gathered, they plan on setting up mobile medical centers and labs for treating, diagnosing, and containing the horrendous virus rampaging the area.
I’ve been following the Ebola virus outbreak pretty closely since maybe a month ago when it started really making headlines. I’m not a virologist or a scientist (obviously) but it is a very interesting pandemic to see unfold from the safety of untouched California. The panic in the west it has stirred has been interesting, but not unfounded. While it is true that there has only been a single death in the United States as a result of the outbreak, it is also true that people have a natural inclination to fear such a deadly virus.
If you’re looking for a way to help, I would check out Doctors Without Borders, who have been on the forefront of the crisis since the beginning. You can donate to them here.