New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday after experiencing a 103 degree fever and other symptoms, reports The New York Times. An initial test has since confirmed that Spencer contracted the disease, which has killed 4,877 people and infected nearly 10,000 across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Spencer’s now in isolation, though was reportedly bowling and taking Uber for transportation on Wednesday night, raising questions about whether others may have been in close contact.
Two things here: 1) This guy’s a bastard. 2) Take it easy people. Knowingly helping people at risk or terminal ill with a deadly virus is commendable. I can’t say that I’d have the stones to do it. But after the deed is done, why would you think it’s OK to just casually resume your life. Protocols have proven to be faulty. Other people’s lives are unnecessarily put in danger. And face it, you probably suck at bowing.
The good news is that the statistical models around the probability to get Ebola in the US based on what’s happened so far is 1 in 13.3M. You might as well not get on a plane because your chances are better of crashing. So folks, take some precautions but don’t freak out. Look for signs and be vigilant about the world around you.