When I hear or see medical scientists saying things like this: "Ebola Outbreak 'Not in the Cards' for U.S., CDC Director Says"....."not in the cards".....weasel words, doublespeak. That sends up all sorts of red flags to me at least. I can understand the use of such language on a population that is pretty much dumbed down, in order to avoid panic, but some of us are not that ignorant.
A far as it turning into an airborne mutation, according to virologist Beth Levine, M.D., director of virology research in the infectious diseases division at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons;
"Single amino acid mutations can change the tropism [the residential preference] of a virus" in some experimental situations, but there haven't been any examples of such mutations actually occurring in nature, changing a virus from a bloodborne or bodily fluid route of transmission to a respiratory route."
So, says Dr. Levine, "The media's claim is not totally without scientific basis. But there are no precedents for it, and it's unlikely.
"I think it's irresponsible to raise that concern," she added - source
Key word; "unlikely". Linguistically it lacks a high degree of certitude and that sounds more like a PR statement as opposed to something factual.
Logic dictates that a prudent person be aware of the myriad of possibilities such a disease may entail and plan accordingly.
Chance of being killed by falling airplane parts. 1 in 10 million. That's unlikely. But possible. So now you have something else to fret about. You needn't thank me. I was just trying to help.
You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.
Last edited by Infinite Chaos; 08-02-14 at 10:13 AM.
Last edited by Fenton; 08-02-14 at 11:14 AM.
VERY few pathogens/viruses/what-have-you mutate at lightning speed (HIV I believe is a good example).
My question was is Ebola one of these pathogens that mutates at such a speedy rate, I want to see the evolution o the virus because people seem to be assuming that this is some super disease that can just instantly become airborne.
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