I get why they want to protect him,” said Meko Taylor, 36, of Ferguson, who was at a protest on Wednesday. “But the people want answers. When we get answers, things will calm down.
“The value of releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of harm to the officer and his family,” the Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, said Tuesday in announcing a decision that was quickly criticized. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.
There’s lots of ways of being a virus,” he tells us.
Some are relatively harmless and easily spread, like the cold virus. “Or you can take another strategy where you are not so nice to your host,” Mr. Zimmer says.
“That’s a risky strategy,” he points out. Every time a pathogen kills, it loses a place to live. So viruses sometimes also hang out in backup species – in Ebola’s case, probably bats.
And some evolve to move quickly from one host to another, like Ebola via body fluids.
“It performs this horrible trick of taking advantage of the way people care for their sick and honor their dead,” Mr. Zimmer says.
Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea. Bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guéckédou is at the intersection of three nations, where the disease found an easy entry point to the region.
Since it was first identified nearly 40 years ago, Ebola has infected fewer than 5,000 and killed fewer than 3,000 in Africa, home to 1.1 billion people. By contrast, more than 35 million people worldwide are infected with H.I.V., and close to 39 million have died of its complications.
You are not likely to catch Ebola just by being in proximity with someone who has the virus; it is not airborne, like the flu or respiratory viruses such as SARS.
Instead, Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids. If an infected person’s blood or vomit gets in another person’s eyes, nose or mouth, the infection may be transmitted. In the current outbreak, most new cases are occurring among people who have been taking care of sick relatives or who have prepared an infected body for burial.
Health care workers are at high risk, especially if they have not been properly equipped with or trained to use and decontaminate protective gear correctly.
The virus can survive on surfaces, so any object contaminated with bodily fluids, like a latex glove or a hypodermic needle, may spread the disease.
… economic inequality has worsened significantly in the United States and some other countries. The richest 1 percent in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Oxfam estimates that the richest 85 people in the world own as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity.
An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality