Posted 10/17/2014 7:09 PM (GMT -7)
I think that Ebola is hurting Lyme. I am beginning to see panic in the streets and that is bad. They are going to find that Ebola can be an airborne infection and this is going to cause even more panic. People will be quarantined by the thousands out of fear.
So then, someone is going to mention Lyme and the thousands of people that are infected each month. Someone is going to say that that many people can't all be infected from ticks, that there must be other ways that people are getting infected. They will see that members of the same family are infected with Lyme. They will then assume that Lyme can go airborne and be contagious and people will panic.
So then what? I am so afraid that Lyme patients will get quarantined just like Ebola patients out of panic. How long will the quarantine be? 6 weeks while you take the CDC recommended dosage? How about if this doesn't cure it, will we then be segregated so we don't infect our family or co-workers?
Far fetched? Those of you old enough to remember the panic that ensued HIV infections back in the 80's will know this is true. Back when HIV first started, the infected were being put on lists that insurances and employers were using to discriminate. This is before the Internet. Can you imagine how easily it would be to gather a list of Lyme patients now?
Another example? Tuberculosis; in my town, a person with Tuberculosis was put in jail because he refused to obey quarantine orders.
History proves that people react stupidly out of ignorance or fear. Let's hope we Lymies don't get caught in the middle of that chaos.
Something else; the first case of Ebola was in 1976. Where have all of the scientists been all of these years? Not looking for a Lyme cure for sure.
Here are some numbers from the World Health Organization website: 2007: 413 infected, in year 2000:425 infected in 1976:318 infected and so on, and so on.
Boy, this really touched a nerve since I am oozing negativity today. My apologies.