Ebola: Hyped Up Issue Or Serious Problem For All?

Ebola facts displayed for students in the nurse's office
Ebola facts displayed for students in the nurse’s office

By: Sarah A.

Ebola has spread worldwide, but should Duxbury High School students be worried about this well-known epidemic?

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, “The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States.”
Information on the website states that one cannot get Ebola through air, water, or food. Symptoms of Ebola are fever and vomiting.

Senior Ali B. said she is not overly concerned about Ebola, and “People freak out about it for no reason,” said Ali B. She thinks that people have been and are affected by Ebola in other parts of the world, however, the hospitals are not as good as the ones located in Massachusetts. If Ebola did spread to Massachusetts, doctors are trained and prepared to deal with the issue.

Senior Chris B. thinks that although it is highly publicized, “Ebola most certainly should not be underestimated by any means, that’s when epidemics do serious damage.” Chris B. is not concerned with Ebola reaching DHS, and said, “It shouldn’t be a concern to DHS students because Ebola has been isolated by the federal government to keep it from spreading.”

Duxbury High School nurse, Mrs. Malone, said that if people take precautions, Ebola should not be a problem. Mrs. Malone said, “Very few people in the United States have had the disease.” However, it is still important to be informed about the disease, and how to handle it. “Any time there is an outbreak of illness, it is good to be knowledgeable about it. It’s good to be vigilant, and make ourselves aware,” Mrs. Malone said.

Duxbury High School assistant principal, Mr. Donovan said that he thinks that it is possible for Ebola to spread anywhere because “we live in an interconnected world.” Mr. Donovan said, “There is a fear of not being able to control it, an epidemic.” However, he thinks that if Ebola did spread to DHS, there is a strong health department and large amount of public awareness, which would help to control the issue.

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