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Ebola: the generalized lie

NB: The following post is a direct translation from a French article entitled: “Ebola: le mensonge généralisé”, written by Jean-Marc Dupuis.

A lot is being said about the Ebola outbreak, yet when you read what most of the mainstream media publishes on the topic, it almost feels as if the whole world is coming to an end. The question is: “is it really”?

While I do not necessarily agree with every word said in the article (nor do I suggest that you should “blindly” follow its principles), I still find it “eye opening” in many ways and I hope it provides food for thought.

What’s your stand on the matter? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below…

Even though the French newspaper Le Monde talks about “havoc” and “catastrophe” on a daily basis, the truth is that the Ebola virus outbreak has a very modest magnitude.

The press talks about 1229 deaths between March and August 2014 across Africa, but it seems this number is mistaken.

If you go onto the World Health Organization website (WHO) and consult the page that addresses the subject, you realize that in fact 788 deaths are officially identified as being caused by the Ebola virus. The others are “suspected” or “probable” cases.

This is of course 788 deaths too many, but we should compare this with the 1,2 MILLION casualties caused annually by malaria, or with the 2000 annual deaths in France due to seasonal flu.

Very little contagion

The images of caregivers wearing masks and coveralls to approach people suspected of being sick are senseless and only worthy of a bad science fiction movie.

Because the Ebola virus is not transmitted that easily:

“You need a direct contact with biological liquid such as blood, stools or vomit. There is no transmission by air. That is to say, when a person speaks or coughs, they cannot spread the Ebola virus in the ambient air,” explains Professor Bruno Marchou, Head of Service of infectious and tropical diseases at the Purpan hospital, in Toulouse.

In other words, the Ebola virus can be compared to AIDS due to its mode of propagation. You really have to be in contact with blood or biological liquid from a sick person to be at risk of being contaminated.

This means, yet again according to Professor Bruno Marchou, that the Ebola virus:

“will not reach the pandemic state. In Conakry (capital of the Republic of Guinea), they initially had several dozen cases amongst the hospital staff. They managed, by applying simple measures of standard hygiene, to contain the virus propagation among the personnel.”

These hygiene measures are not rocket science: “When we take care of a patient, we wear gloves. If the patient vomits, we also have to cover the face. It’s just the basics. We do this every day,” he continues.

« Death in 20 to 90 % of cases »

Sandrine Cabu, from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), interrogated by Le Monde, explains that the Ebola virus leads to “death in 20 to 90% of cases”.

Why such an absurdly wide range?

Because the Ebola virus is mostly dangerous when not treated properly. People die of dehydration or hemorrhage but the treatment then simply consists of hydrating or transfusing the patient, not to give him a vaccine or hypothetical medicine. We shouldn’t believe what the pharmaceutical industry pretends, that would like to sell its “magic potion” as it did with Tamiflu.

« New medicine is not the solution against Ebola », according to an infectious diseases expert

The solution against the epidemic consists in respecting simple and common sense measures: hygiene, good nutrition, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

According to Anthony Fauci, director of the national Institute of allergies and infectious diseases from the United States, the most appropriate tool against Ebola is to give basic care to patients.

“The number one priority should be to create medical infrastructures in affected countries to provide patients with basic medical assistance such as hydration and blood transfusion. This would have a much larger effect on health than to randomly distribute experimental drugs.”

According to Thomas E. Levy, author of a recent article on potential remedies against the Ebola virus:

“To date, not a single tested virus hasn’t been inactivated by a certain dose of vitamin C. One of the priority means to destruct the virus, or to program its destruction by the immune system, is to activate the “Fenton Reaction”. In short this reaction can occur within the virus, in the cells where the viruses get replicated and also at the surface of those viruses.”

There is therefore no reason to suspect the Ebola outbreak to be brutally transformed into a pandemic Africa-wide, and even less in the rest of the world.

But there is no doubt that this psychosis can serve the financial interests of a minority.

Spreading panic: a very lucrative business

The panic around the Ebola virus evidently recalls the avian flu of 2005 and the swine flu (H1N1) of 2009.

These two “imminent pandemics” were the opportunity to deliberately manipulate public opinion to justify the massive vaccination of populations, which in the end resulted in terrible side effects, such as narcolepsy, a very serious sleep disorder.

In 2009, the World Health Organization predicted that one third of the world’s population could be affected by the H1N1 flu, with incalculable effects. The minister of Health Roselyne Bachelot did therefore not hesitate to order 94 million vaccines!

Since only 6 million French citizens ended up getting vaccinated, Mrs. Bachelot had to, as soon as January 2010, cancel the delivery of 50 million doses from pharmaceutical laboratories. She also made the government pay close to 48 million euros in compensation to the laboratories.

When it comes to the famous antiviral “miracle” drug, Tamiflu, its real effect only reduces the time of symptoms by a day, without limiting in any way hospitalizations. A British study concluded that the distribution of Tamiflu against the H1N1 flu had the sole effect of…wasting 500 million pounds.

Indeed, the 2009 flu season ended up being less serious than usual, despite the presence of the H1N1 stem. Furthermore, numerous so-called H1N1 cases were in fact not flu but simple colds, which reminds us of this Ebola virus case in Berlin that ended up being a…gastroenteritis.

Playing with fire

Nonetheless, the excessive titles hammered by the press are in my opinion very dangerous:

“An epidemic absolutely not under control, without precedent”, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), July 30, 2014.

“The Ebola virus continues to devastate West Africa”, Le Monde, August 15, 2014.

“WHO proclaims a public health emergency on a global level”, France 24, August 20, 2014.

This psychosis is beginning to cause havoc in Africa, where governments are starting to close borders, mobilize armies to repress the populations, and even isolate with no reason tens of thousands of unfortunate men, women, elderly people and children placed under quarantine in a Liberian slum, without food or water.

“To try and contain the Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic that wreaks havoc in Liberia (…) the government takes draconian measures. Two neighborhoods of the capital, Monrovia, were placed under quarantine and security surveillance, while a curfew has been enforced in the rest of the country.” Le Monde, August 22, 2014.

« Shoot on sight »

Sunday, August 24, we learned that, in Sierra Leone:

“The Parliament has adopted a draft law that prohibits to accommodate sick people. Offenders are liable to two years in prison.”

Monday, August 25, worse still: the Liberian government gives orders to its soldiers to “shoot on sight” people who would want to cross the border, supposedly to prevent the epidemic to spread!

These totally excessive reactions may provoke a real humanitarian catastrophe, a lot more serious than the Ebola virus itself.

Some measures are also beginning to be taken against Africans on an international level:

“At the international level, citizens of these countries are subject to an increasingly strict quarantine with closed borders, flight cancellations for most air companies involved in the area, the repatriation of family members from diplomatic staff in those countries, the cancellation of international conferences, the relocation of sporting events, etc.” note Rue 89.

In Korea, genuine racist reactions are arising against Africans, who are forbidden to enter certain stores.

The myth of the infected passenger in the plane

If we were to listen to authorities and our journalists, we’d conclude that an Ebola virus epidemic could be triggered at any time in Europe: it would suffice that an African contaminated by the disease lands by plane.

This hypothesis is completely unrealistic. It only translates a complete ignorance of what the Ebola virus really is.

Let us not give in to psychosis, nor to a form of unnamed racism.

The Ebola virus epidemic will only be correctly contained in Africa if all violence and repressive measure cease. Let us leave each patient taken care of by personnel with basic medical training, and who take evident hygiene measures.

Let us neither send vaccine loads to Africa, nor medicine. This would only serve to enrich pharmaceutical laboratories and result into damage that is a lot more serious due to the side effects of those drugs.

To read the original French version, written by scientific journalist Jean-Marc Dupuis, please click here!

Want to learn some more?

Feel free to consult the following Ebola resources:

1. Ebola Expert Says Communication is Vital for Effective Response

2. Ebola Pioneer Miatudila asks for “information and communication: equipping people with facts without creating hysteria (information), and engaging with communities (communication)”!

3. The Stories Still Hard to Find: the Local Responses to Ebola

4. Ebola: Through the Eyes of the People (by William T. Close)

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