Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Is Acute Ebola Panic (AEP) And How It's Infecting The USA

Edited by Azizi Powell

WARNING! A number of people throughout the United States are exhibiting symptons of Acute Ebola Panic (AEP).

Here are the two main symptons of Acute Ebola Panic [AEP]
*Thinking that anyone from any African nation has Ebola

*Thinking that anyone who has visited any African nation has Ebola

People With Acute Ebola Panic (AEP)
*Keep their children out of school if there are Black African children who attend that school

*Demand that school officials and other people who have traveled to Africa be quarantined for certain periods of time.

*Demand that school officials and other people who have traveled to United States cities that have Ebola patients be quarantined for certain periods of time.

*Demand that anyone from West Africa be banned from traveling to the USA

*Cancel trips to any nation in Africa no matter how far away it is from the three African nations [Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea] that have diagnosed cases of Ebola.

*Are fearful of and mistreat Black Africans in myraid ways because they think that those people may have Ebola or may have been around someone who has had Ebola.
[Note that there are White people and Asian people and other non-Black people who live in African nations. But, since those people don’t "look like" what Americans think of as African, they are likely not to be targeted by people who have AEP.]

*Stop listening to fearmongers and instead pay attention to what health experts are saying about Ebola.
"Stay educated. Instead of letting the attention Ebola is getting create fear and panic, arm yourself with the facts. The CDC offers great, easy to understand information, especially on their Questions and Answers to Ebola page

Note: that quote is from "Ebola Facts We Want You To Know" Author: Dennis Cunningham, MD, October 15, 2014

*Stop using Ebola for political purposes.

*Stop being ignorant about basic world geography.
Get a map of Africa and study it for more than a minute.
Realize that Africa is a really BIG continent and not one country.

*Stop being racist and xenophobic.

*Support organizations that are treating Ebola such as Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)

*Read articles such as the ones that have been previously cited and the ones listed below, thereby curing yourself from AEP before it spreads even farther and infects the entire world.

OTHER SUGGESTED READING "5 Schools Freaking Out About Ebola Because They Don’t Realize Africa Is A Really Big Continent"
by Joaquim Moreira Salles and Tara Culp-Ressler (October 21, 2014)
"Ebola Fears Turn Into an Epidemic of Racism and Hysteria"
By Andrew Jerell Jones, October 21, 2014 "I Am A Liberian, Not A Virus" Video, Hashtag, & Comments

Note: Acute Ebola Panic (AEP) is a term that I coined today. Please spread this term around as a means of combating this ignorance.

"The Question:
How many countries are in Africa?

The Answer:
There are 47 countries on the African continent, including the disputed territory of Western Sahara. However, the islands off the coast are also usually listed as African, bringing the total to 53. The island nations are Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Madagascar, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and Mauritius. Each is an independent nation.

Some sources do not count all of the island countries as African, so the total number fluctuates. It is important to remember that even though they may have diverse populations and cultural traditions, all of the island nations listed above have substantial African populations and strong historical connections to Africa, so they are usually considered "African." "

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  1. There's a fun quiz on, an interactive map of Africa. They highlight a country, and you identify it and tick it off a list. Haven't scored 100% yet, but it is against the clock!

  2. Thanks, slam2011

    Here's that hyperlink:

    I haven't tried the quiz yet, but I'm sure I won't get even close to 100%.

    Btw, The link I gave above indicated that there were 53 nations that aree considered to be part of Africa -47 countries and 6 islands. I wonder which nation left off?

  3. I'm not sure - maybe some of the island nations are considered technically 'not African' by some geographers?

    Still trying for that elusive 100% (sigh).

    1. Hi slam2011, I'm nowhere near 100% in that quiz. :o(

      Some geographers might not categorize some of those island nations near the continent of Africa as part of Africa, but I think that all of them belong to the African Union, besides lots of other reasons to categorize those nations that way.