I’m sharing this post from another blogger, dtolar, for a couple reasons. First, this is the best explanation of Ebola transmission I’ve read. It’s not sensationalistic, not fear-mongering at all. It is something we need to think about. I had to adjust this a bit because I wanted to share this writer, her site, as well as this very well-written, informative, non-hysteria provoking piece. I removed the picture of the virus because my personal revulsion was getting in the way of concentrating on her writing and what I was learning.
The second reason I’m sharing is that it has made me think about writing itself, about the process. As a creative writer, sadly I think I don’t think very often about the process of different kinds of non-fiction. I read. I appreciate and learn. But I haven’t really tried to look at it from a writer’s perspective, not a reader’s perspective. It’s provoked something within me, I’m not sure what yet. I think part of it is just a real consideration of the amazing versatility of interests and genres that make up the writing community here. Maybe, too, I’m thinking about intersections of writing about personal experience and awareness with actual journalism. And just how that might work. I’m going to follow this writer. I like her. And I’m learning.
So a few months ago the country was enthralled with the idea of a few patients, infected with the Ebola virus, coming to the United States. Up until this point, we had been safe from Ebola due to the fact that bats can’t fly over the Atlantic. Some people were completely indifferent, while others had seen Outbreak one too many times. Most were a healthy mix, somewhere in between, but what bothered me the most was both the lack of education and the poor information that was spreading more virulently than the virus could ever hope to.
First, I want to stress that I am a nurse, not a virologist, and hopefully throughout my post you will see that I am not pretending to be one. I have a Bachelor’s in Nursing and am currently a graduate student. I have worked extensively with Infectious Disease Specialists. I have been exposed…
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