This #Ebola epidemic has me more than worried, considering the theory going around that it might have been an American military experiment gone out of control; else why does America seem so on top of the situation and even though they've got a stash of the drug that could stop people dying from the disease, Uncle Sam just want to observe for a while - quite smugly declaring that it is far too early to send the drug to Africa. Apparently when Kanye West said several years ago that "America doesn't care about black people". he knew what he was talking about.
What are the possible consequences of the disease really going completely out of control - mowing down wide swathes of humanity across the globe? I once read a novel by Stephen King which describes such a situation. The title is The Stand and I summarise the relevant portions as follows :
At a remote U.S. Army base, a weaponized strain of influenza, officially known as Project Blue and nicknamed "Captain Trips", is accidentally released. Despite an effort to put the base under lockdown, a security malfunction allows a soldier, to escape with his family. By the time the military tracks the already-deceased soldier to Texas, he has triggered a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions which eventually kills off 99.4% of the world's human population.As the pandemic intensifies, the story outlines the total breakdown and destruction of society through widespread violence; the failure of martial law to contain the outbreak; the military's increasingly violent efforts to censor information; and, finally, the near-extinction of mankind. The emotional toll is also dealt with, as the few survivors must care for their families and friends, dealing with confusion and grief as virtually everyone they know succumbs to the flu.
While such a calamity this enormous seems unlikely, the mere possibility underlines the need of the medical world to step up today and hit the Ebola virus epidemic with every arsenal in its possession. Who knows....