Via The Globe and Mail, André Picard writes: Ebola isn’t the big threat. That’s still to come. Excerpt:
Ebola is a problem that is solvable. This outbreak actually can be snuffed out. It would be irresponsible to fail to do so and to allow Ebola to gain a more permanent foothold. The difficulties faced in controlling what should be – at least on paper – a relatively easy-to-control outbreak is humbling. It’s also a grim reminder that we’re still not ready for a pandemic that actually is a global threat.
Much work remains to be done in preparedness, education and, above all, in recognizing that in our interconnected world, there is no such thing as a distant threat any more. Perhaps the most important lesson of all is one delivered by Albert Camus almost seven decades ago in his classic novel The Plague: “No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.”