Ebola Vaccine 'Promising'

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by JamesMike, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Positive results?! Of the 10 people in the US who contracted Ebola, 2 of them died. That's not really screaming 'we need a vaccine fast'.

    Yeah, there have been a lot of deaths in Africa from it. But these are in places where the water is dirty, food is sparse, general living conditions are appalling and there are a thousand other factors which would probably kill most Westerners anyway.

    It's almost like 'deaths caused from drinking/smoking'. Sure, each are bad for you, but people who smoke are more likely to drink. Possibly eat less healthily as well. Maybe do drugs. Don't exercise as much. All these things combined make an early grave, rather than just one thing. That's why there are so many conflicting results about 'one glass of red a night is good for your heart', then they'll say 'one glass of red a night means you're gonna die quicker'.

    If you contracted Ebola, the medicinal care you have available to you will give you a far, far, far higher chance of survival than they do in Africa.

    There's always some new disease or apocalypse scenario that the media need to hype up. Don't worry. :)
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    You are overlooking the fact that a vaccine prevents contraction of the disease. Which in turn stops the spread of the disease. Which in turn keeps people from needing the intensive supportive therapy required to keep someone alive. For a patient with ebola it is 7-10litres of intravenous fluid per day. With the resulting fluid overload and respiratory failure. It requires intubation and support on a ventilator. It is a living hell to go through. Prevention is far better than cure. A vaccine would be absolutely amazing.

    Here is a case report from the njem to read. It is a horrifying disease even for westerners. But we're all in this together these days which is how it should be. There is very little safety in ignoring a problem due to geographical distance. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1411677

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