[Ed. Note: Predictive programming from Hollywood has conditioned the world for the “inevitability” of the deaths of millions by way of an unstoppable killer virus. Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, World War Z, AMC’s The Walking Dead, FX’s The Strain, and The Maze Runner are just a few recent examples of the zombie apocalypse that’s headed our way. Awesome, huh? Have an A-1 day!]
While WHO Director Thomas Frieden’s “gut” says the worst-case scenario won’t come to pass (thanks to the actions that are being taken), the CDC is about to release its Ebola-epidemic scenario tool that suggests up to 1.4 million infections by mid-January. As The NY Times reports, these figures take into account the fact that many cases go undetected, and estimate that there are actually 2.5 times as many as reported. In the best-case model, the epidemic in both countries would be “almost ended” by Jan. 20, the report said. Perhaps more worrying is the WHO report also, for the first time, raised the possibility that the disease would not be stopped but would become endemic in West Africa, meaning that it could become a constant presence there. Aid group Samaritan’s Purse is gravely concerned at the spread of the disease, fearing “it’s too late. Nobody’s going to build 100,000 beds.”
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