Real news has become surreal.. I find many headlines of our current day to relate back to THE STAND.. I know the comparison is a little fuzzy, and my overdoing it may be annoying to some. But when the strange similarities to me are striking.. The STAND starts in Texas. And in real life Texas is the center stage for the Ebola scare. And even worse, the endless stories of people ‘coming back to life’ are getting bizarre–though we can assume that parts of Africa cannot truly pinpoint the cause of death, so somene coming back to life is moot: The person probably wasn’t dead. At least we hope they weren’t.. Though SNOPES can tell us it’s a hoax, try to explain the high strangeness of ABC NEWS filming a dead man and suddenly seeing him moving..
Continuing to the real news of the day (though it seems like fiction half of the time), focus is now turning on how Thomas Duncan got inot the United States.The Washington POST is giving us an hour by hour synopsis of what happened. In their best ability.. The family of Duncan is now confined to their home.. Extra precautions, right? That seems fine until you see images of people nonchalantly washing Duncan’s vomit from the street with power washers. Unprotected, I may add.. We also know that Duncan may be prosecuted by Liberia.. there are allegations that he lied to gain entry into the United States again, knowing that he handled Ebola patients by bringing them to a hospital in a wheel barrel but not telling anyone before he got onto a plane.. And when back home, his life touched many others. Many that are being monitored right now.. Even his apartment building has still to be sanitized, with the same sheets still being there..
Meanwhile, NBC has been infected and affected: A cameraman for the news network now has Ebola.. That news, along with this: The rest of the NBC crew is in quarantine..
Another tidbit of scary information, reported by REUTERS: People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts who believe more must be done to identify infected travelers
In all of this nightmare news, we rely on the CDC and others in government to give us true and accurate information. (Again, we need to re-read or re-watch the STAND for my take on that, I agree with how Stephen King envisions such events would take place) .. the CDC is filled with experts. Experts, that at least one doctor believes, are lying. Yesterday, Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”..
The United States and the CDC, they say, are “certain” they can stop Ebola in the United States. In the STAND, the military had a similar line about Captain Tripps..