Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced today that they are both donating a charitable $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation in an effort to put an end to the Ebola epidemic that has already been the cause of a shocking amount of deaths and continues to be a deadly dilemma.
As of October 14, the World Health Organization just released that the mortality rate has risen to 70 percent and the number of new cases could inflate to 10,000 per week by December (New York Times).
The Facebook founder, who is worth $32 billion, stated his philanthropic efforts in a Facebook post:
“Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.
The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.”
Hundreds of health workers have been sent to West Africa to help stop the virus from spreading any further than it already has. Two have already been diagnosed in the United States with it; one was a Liberian man who contracted it in Liberia and died in Dallas, and then the nurse who helped care for him got it from him. Then there was that wildly immature hoax where a man sneezed on a plane and jokingly said he had Ebola. It doesn’t take half a brain to understand that this disease is dangerous and the best we can do from letting it spread is making sure the virus does not spread from its source, and making sure that anyone who immigrates to the United States from West Africa does not have Ebola, if not restricting them access at all. While we can’t rely on social media for politics, we’ll have to rely on it for a red flag, and hold onto a string of hope that the next Ebola victim will not be anywhere near us anytime soon.
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