Ebola- Worthy of panic or a 21st century exaggeration?


Ebola has been perceived as an instantaneously fatal disease that is thought to be the start of a great epidemic. The media fails to inform the true facts and symptoms of Ebola, and rather recognizes the number of deaths and people infected. Although every loss is tragic, the media chooses to disregard any news of the many cases that have been detected and treated. The average joe journalist would unnecessarily amplify the reality of an issue when considering that every view and subscription may roll in the dough, but the true purpose of journalism is to inform the people with the truth.

The truth is that Ebola has infected 3,495 people and killed 2,170 in total. When put into perspective, the magnitude of deaths caused by Cholera and Malaria make these numbers seem trifling. Cholera has infected over 5 million people and kills 100,000 annually.

Even more troubling, there are over 200 million cases of malaria discovered with an estimated 600,000 deaths. ”

— Mrinalini Narayan

The media has not given these cases the significance it truly needs.

We tend to perceive Africa as a commonplace for disease and infection, but we are rarely given factual information regarding the African people and their state of health. As humans, we tend to allow media control our mindset. Ebola is a very unfortunate occurrence, but focusing all of the attention onto one cause eliminates chances for recognition of more dire causes.

Outbreaks of Ebola in Africa have been detected as early as 1976. Our knowledge regarding the virus has only been exhibited when news of infection is reported outside of Africa. Would we truly care about Ebola if it had not been spread to the United States? Considering that Ebola has been present for over thirty years, that is a difficult question to answer.

It is of human nature to panic over any threat to health, but panic will not provide a cure. The exaggeration created by media is not going to improve any chances of recovery. What can be helpful is properly informing people regarding its symptoms and necessities for treatment. Requests for donations and awareness are always beneficial when considering these fatalities, but it is also important to consider that they are being supported with credible information.