Call It What It Is

“They will be monitored for 21 days at a “separate location” at the U.S. military installation at Vicenza Italy, according to U.S. military officials. Senior Pentagon officials say it is not a “quarantine,” but rather “controlled monitoring.” However, the troops are being housed in an access controlled location on base, and are not allowed to go home for the 21 day period while they undergo twice daily temperature checks.”

The above is copied from a CNN article about a General and some soldiers who are “not” under quarantine. But seriously, when you cannot go home, have controlled access, and stuck in one location for 21 days to make sure that you do not carry Ebola, it is a quarantine.  The officials at the Pentagon should just call it what it is.

I actually appreciate what the government, both at the State and Federal level, are trying to do, even if they are screwing it up. State governor setting up their Ebola plans without consulting professional physicians is a bad plan though. Yes, I am referring to both NY and NJ. Just setting up a plan because you think it will make you look good in the poles is not a plan. Of course, the federal government, reacting to Ebola rather than being proactive, isn’t doing much better.

Do I think we should be helping the African countries with this epidemic? Of course I do. Do I think that the news agencies created this fear? Again, of course I do. They covered but the doom and gloom of Ebola for the last few weeks (and one even recently asked why people are over reacting). Am I personally afraid of Ebola? Not all that much. It’s a concern, but about the same level of concern as a fire starting in my house. More Americans have married Britney Spears than have died from Ebola; let that sink in for a minute.

I won’t say that I am happy with the Federal Government’s response; it seems a little half assed. But at the state level, the responses seem to be overblown.

Maybe I am too unconcerned about a potentially fatal disease. Maybe I should be locking down the house, stocking up on canned foods, and living as if everyone is a potential carrier.

Actually, that doesn’t sound like that bad of an idea. Never really liked going out all that much anyway.

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