Why isn’t America Doing More to Battle Ebola?

Ebola has become an international hot button topic. With no true treatment or vaccine, it feels as if Ebola will only continue to expand. But I believe, we can come together to help ourselves, West Africa, and the world.

America ignored Ebola’s crisis in West Africa until we could no longer. Ebola came to the home-front. We had taken in aid workers, but the inevitable happened. Cases of Ebola are popping up in the United States.

West Africa has been raked over the coals with this epidemic. Through NPR, updates from CDC, and CNN, I have been watching the virus spread throughout the Summer. According to CNN, Ebola has killed almost 4,000 people so far. The numbers are only escalating, and still America has not reached out to help West Africa and the WHO. If Africa had access to simple hygienic measures, such as sterilizers, and warm water, many of these deaths could have been prevented.

Original cases of Ebola have been reported in America. At the first sign that America could be in danger, we freak out. We go out and buy face masks, debate if we should work from home, and refuse to shake hands. News sources blare with Ebola symptoms and lack of vaccines. And America is finally involved.

It’s about time. If we consider ourselves to be such great international leader, we need to act like it and step up. Yes, Africa has many problems and many of them we can’t solve, but we can pool our resources and solve this one.

I was frustrated as I watched the news, learning about the spread of Ebola. But with it now past our front door and sitting in the living room, America is forced to recognize it and act.

Though we do overreact with precautions and Ebola may not be as contagious as Measles, it is important to take action. (NPR’s graphic that I love) Not for our national benefit but for the world.

I’m not a scientist or a doctor. I don’t have the experience to solve this disease. But I believe out there in the world, we can beat this. I’m just begging for America to give more.

Cases of Ebola have now reached Spain. What is it going to take to help our fellow humans?

Extra reading: Firestone has worked to contain Ebola 

Any thoughts? Feel free to contribute to the conversation.

Summary Sunday: It’s more than just fireworks

Sunshine, laughter and hamburgers, my Fourth of July was pretty great. It was a small get-together this year at the Donahue house. It was just myself, Mom and Dad. Mom and I worked together to make a big lunch, since I worked that night. I was able to make queso con carne (beef cheese dip) as my contribution. I didn’t have chillies that the recipe called for so it was more like cheeseburger dip. It was enjoyed so much that there were no leftovers.

I spent what little time I had with my parents that afternoon playing card games until I had to work.

My supervisors that night let us leave five minutes early, but I ended up sticking around watching fireworks from the store’s front doors. When I finally left, I (manually) rolled down my car windows, blared Bastille, and drove down University watching 3 firework displays at once. It was an amazing sight. I haven’t seen fireworks in three years. It was breathtaking to see so many at once. 

As I neared my house, I began to think about Independence Day and how it is more than just a day to spend with our families. It’s a day to relish our families and all that we have. Friday was about more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was the celebration of who we have become. America is still young and we have a lot to learn, but we have survived. This freedom we have has cost a lot and we still don’t have equal rights for all, but we are working to get there.

On this day, we can stand together–no matter our differences–and be thankful for this wonderful, messed up country.