EBOLA EPIDEMIC 2014
BY: PATRICIA GUERRERO
WHAT IS EBOLA?
- Ebola-Zaire (1976)
- Ebola-Sudan (1976)
- Ebola-Ivory Coast (1994)
- Bundibugyo Ebolavirus (2007).
EBOLA IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS EVD (Ebola Virus Disease)
The Ebola Virus was first discovered in the United States on September 30, 2014. A man who had traveled to the United States from Liberia was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. He didn't have any symptoms when leaving Liberia, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States.
When word spread that the Ebola Virus had been exposed to the American population, "it didn't take long for hundreds and thousands of false cases to be reported" (Gregoire). Although many people were afraid of being infected by the Ebola Virus from, it is important to remember that "Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious" (Ebola Fast Facts). This means that Ebola can only be transmitted through direct contact.
CONCERNS ABOUT EBOLA
The closing of the schools in Texas shows that in times of fear, people aren't fully knowledgeable of what should be done. In the spite of fear of Ebola spreading to the students, the school district took extreme precaution and made sure that everything was disinfected. They took this precaution although there wasn't any evidence to fully prove that the schools were infected and that the Ebola virus was a threat to the children. Also, the school districts "[have] asked the famil[ies] to stay in their home" (Sanz 1). The fact that the school districts are asking families to stay at home shows that any association with the "infected schools" is seen as a risk to the people. The school districts disapprove of the children having any association with the possibly Ebola infected schools.
As the play continues, Mary Warren is introduced as John and Elizabeth Proctor's servant. As the girls speak to one another, Mary Warren says to Abigail, "Abby, we've got to tell. Witchery's a hangin' error, a hangin' like they done in Boston two year ago! We must tell the truth, Abby! You'll only be whipped for dancin', and the other things!" (Miller 18). Abigail then replies to Mary warren and says, "Oh,-we'll be whipped!" (Miller 19). The conversation that takes place between Abigail and Mary Warren shows us that witchery was seen as dreadful crime in the village of Salem. Mary mentions that they will be whipped for dancing which portrays the idea that any type of association with witchcraft is prohibited and frowned upon. In any case that one associates with witchcraft, the person will be severely punished or "whipped".
The Crucible and School Closings
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