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Marcia La Vine
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Mom, College Student, Writer, Herpetoculturist, Caregiver to Crazy People
Mom, College Student, Writer, Herpetoculturist, Caregiver to Crazy People

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I read this article, and I am holding out just a tiny bit of hope that this woman wrote this as satire. In the spirit of that small hope, I wrote a satirical comment on her page. It is awaiting moderation.. We shall see if it actually gets posted.
In the meantime, I'll copy and paste it in the comments here. Be truly thoughtful, rational and objective as you read the article.. then flip the colors, and consider the implications if a white restaurant customer wrote something like this about how a "black restaurant" cooked her lake trout, green beans with slivered almonds and oven roasted butter and parsleyed new potatoes. Tell me what you think. 

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From the photo, the "non-trad" pictured has more in common with traditional college students than I do, by a couple of decades, at least! LOL 
Are you a student returning to college after being away for years or starting college for the first time and nervous about being older than other college students? This post is for you.  #collegestudents   #backtoschool #nontraditionalstudent  

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Me with all four of my kids for the first time in nearly 4 years, with the new addition- granddaughter, Hazel!! 
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Ah, yes, he new bird flu/swine flu/black death... except that two fo those actually WERE epidemics. The other two? Bwahahahaha... I need a good laugh today. 
Just how contagious is Ebola anyway?

This NPR infographic shows how contagious Ebola is compared to some other commonly known human diseases.  If the R0 for a disease is greater than 1 then it can spread to the wider population (i.e. at R0=2 then one person infects two, who infect four, then eight etc.).  

The post doesn't have references but some fact checking suggests that Ebola is generally considered to be in the 1-4 range.  These numbers are obviously just approximations based on recorded outbreaks and some hard-core epidemiology, and as you can imagine there will be huge variability at the single-person scale.  For reference, influenza appears to be in about the same 1-4 range.  And sure, people spread flu to their friends and coworkers frequently, but a big difference is that you're not contagious with Ebola unless you're symptomatic, and if you're symptomatic with Ebola then nobody is letting you go to work.

Also interesting to see how contagious measles is, considering the growing numbers of affluent, privileged parents that are choosing to not vaccinate their kids for this disease.  I wonder, if given the option of an Ebola vaccine, how many would continue to refuse.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/02/352983774/no-seriously-how-contagious-is-ebola

#vaccination   #vaccineswork   #ebola   #measles  
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