Dallas, Texas, is 450 miles from Region 8. That's where the first person with Ebola in the United States died earlier this week. He made his way here from Africa.
While Africa is a continent away, Dallas isn't. Now, there's a lot of concern in Texas and other parts of the country, Region 8 included, about Ebola spreading. Caution is always a good thing. Fear and hysteria are not.
Some would say it's way too early for us to worry about Ebola in Region 8, and I agree with them. That said, we should stay up-to-date on Ebola and if it spreads, we should make sure we know when and where.
But, I think we should worry about things already here like the flu. Now, I do understand the flu and Ebola are two totally different situations. We personally can't control Ebola, but we can take steps to control illnesses that are already here. There are common sense things we should always do. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands regularly. If you feel sick, see a doctor. Avoid contact with people who aren't feeling well. Keep your immune system up.
And most of all stay calm. It's the time of the year when we are more prone to get sick anyway. Staying informed, keeping calm and staying healthy, will make this a Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager