United States citizens have taken it upon themselves to royally freak out about the Ebola virus. With all of the science fiction films about zombie apocalypses and plagues, it’s hard not to think, “Here it is. We’ve all been given the hints through these movies. We are all going to be wiped out by Ebola.” However, this is very much not the case. The news media calmed nerves by announcing that the virus can only be contracted through bodily fluids, which is true. That was a great play on their part in terms of communication during a crisis like this. But people are still freaked out. Four more people contracted Ebola and returned back to the U.S. after the patient in Texas died. That is not something the public will take lightly. The good news is, the five largest airports in America are now screening fliers returning from Africa for symptoms of the virus.
“Anyone who starts running a fever or having symptoms is isolated and tested for Ebola. If the test is positive, that person is kept in isolation and treated, and his or her contacts are then traced for 21 days.”
Although these precautions are being heavily enforced, there is still a feeling of fear and the unknown circulating the minds of United States residents. I too will admit that I have let the thought of an Ebola epidemic cross my mind, but my mind is still at ease. As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed today, I saw a video that Buzz Feed published entitled “Ebola: everything you need to know in 94 seconds.” I myself am receiving a degree in public relations, and I was drawn to this video. When I watched the video, I kept thinking how successful this tactic was going to be. It was going to increase awareness about the virus and change the public’s perception all at the same time. I applaud Buzz Feed’s efforts and creative thinking: take a simple, easy to understand video, and put it on social media, where most people spend a large percent of their day. I have posted the video at the top of this post. Watch it, and learn a little about the virus instead of worrying about the unknown.