Businesses Losing Money Over Ebola-Infected MD's Irresponsibility

Maybe our government was right. Maybe all the geniuses they've been trotting out recently really do know what they're talking about.

Since Ebola began to spread, the fear has been that it would jump to the United States, and then it's all over but the dying. But, at least so far, the disease has been harder to contract than we've been warning.

Heck, they've even discovered a vaccine in Canada that has been collecting dust for 10 years. A joint venture between the company NewLink and the Canadian government developed the vaccine a decade ago and just shelved it for lack of interest. It just wasn't needed.

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The vaccine prevents infection if given before exposure and increases survival chances when administered after exposure. It was tested on monkeys and had a 100% success rate. I guess it was just one of those, "Gee, I forgot we had it," moments in Canada, eh. The vaccine is now being rushed through human clinical trials and may be ready by year end.

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In the meantime, despite the evidence that Ebola doesn't seem to spread so easily, Americans are understandably freaking out. I can't blame us for that. Every time this virus enters a new host, it mutates, to some extent, and no one knows the eventuality of it. So, naturally, people are alarmed.

So when some moron who should've known better gets infected, it's doubly alarming. This Dr. Craig Spencer in New York City was utterly irresponsible; and, assuming he pulls through, he should be brought up on charges of public endangerment or the like.

But, one might say, he passed all the "rigorous" pre- and post-flight tests from Guinea to Belgium to New York City. That should make us feel better.

As a doctor, he should've known better and self-quarantined until he was sure. But no, he came back and began crisscrossing the city from Harlem, where you took a sweaty three-mile run, to the subway to Manhattan for lunch at the Meatball Shop and coffee shop in Greenwich Village, to the several trains and subways he took to get to the Gutter Bowling Alley to meet his girlfriend.

Now, I'm glad there are doctors like Spencer who risk their lives traveling to Africa to help those poor people, but it would be great if he had the same empathy or caring for his fellow citizens.

Even if no one becomes infected by coming into contact with Spencer, he has literally threatened the lives and livelihoods of many. Store owners are losing money, having to close their doors until they're told it's safe to reopen. Even after the bowling alley was cleared to reopen, some took to Facebook expressing doubt they would ever return. If you had your choice, would you choose the Ebowling Alley over another one?

So, the old question, "where do I go to get my reputation back?" certainly applies here. Even if nothing else occurs, the small-business owners definitely took a financial hit. Time will tell how much, but it was completely unnecessary and irresponsible.

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