Monday, October 27, 2014

The Big Ebolowski: patronizing the public with Ebola photo-ops

On October 25, 2014 Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams decided to comfort the public by bowling at The Gutter, a Williamsburg bowling alley Ebola-stricken Dr. Spencer visited on Wednesday evening. “If I can put my fingers in the holes, everyone can feel comfortable about putting their fingers in the holes,” said Adams.

Later the same day, Mayor di Blasio ate lunch at The Meatball Shop in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which Dr. Spencer visited on Tuesday. De Blasio was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, as well as the New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

Dr. Spencer experienced fatigue, one of the symptoms of Ebola, two days before he went to the hospital. By the time he self-reported to seek medical care, Dr. Spencer developed additional symptoms, such as high fever and diarrhea.

A health care worker at the Bellevue Hospital told the New York Times that Dr. Spencer seemed very sick and it was unclear to the medical staff why he had not gone to the hospital earlier. Doctors believed that he was most likely infected, even before the results came in.

Government officials continue to patronize the public with Ebola-related photo ops. Their posturing is based on the premise that without it, people will fall into the state of “panic.” To the contrary, the public is not panicking. People are not terrified by Ebola. Instead, they’re angered and disgusted by the government’s repeated failures in dealing with the deadly virus.