Forty Percent discussed on Flash Forward

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Care or whatever it is right and it's happening in the same six countries since nineteen seventy six when a bowl is i discovered so you go well why can't we just have if you like bala treatment unit set up that sort of you can fund that get restarted if there's an outbreak in those countries you know that those are the countries that are at highest risk right but how do you sell that to a us population how do you say politicians saying this is worth investing in when it's not something those in our country it despite the fact that there's already evidence like when there's a new bowl outbreak in west africa at impacts us for his story at also visited kick in the drc kick it was where the nineteen ninetyfive ebola outbreak happened which killed two hundred forty five people but when ed visited he found that while the memory of the outbreak is still really strong the people there still aren't prepared in scape able onto the people woking that this happens they lived through on this to woking one of the guys who survived the outbreak was showing me around touch the very same bed that he was sick on and that he was being treated in many of the people with the outbreak all still there but i think even though there is this sort of societal memory they they all still facing the same problems that that we are facing the states and all the countries facing idea of forgetfulness and of of gradual in the glenn so many of the resources that was set up to stop pilot to help protect people if another outbreak should hate they've they've been depleted now but i think that maybe the scariest thing in all of this in watching the plate ex simulate and talking to ed and he'd and nikki is that so much of our ability to respond and react and detect these pandemics so much of whether or not we wind up with a thousand people dead or one hundred fifty million comes down to something that's increasingly precarious these days and that's trust in experts trust incients budgets for science and public health are being slashed all over and there are some crucial roles in the united states government that might deal with the pandemic that aren't even filled right now there's a recommendation by the white house that we cut the cdc's public health commission core by forty percent so these are our think of them as our public health soldiers you know these are the folks that investigate our outbreaks that link the federal and the state health departments that ensure that there's something suspicious like if i see something suspicious and i'm really worried i call them right and they they come in help a hospital or state or or things like that if we cut that by forty percent we're just shooting ourselves in the foot plus we're in a moment where borders are tightening for an aide is drying up the idea that we should help other nations is dwindling at least among those in charge in the united states and in the event of a pandemic global cooperation is actually one of the most important things that there is ethical cooperation of working together to a common goal that that we need to be striving towards i think ultimately dot is going to be the thing that saves us and i don't mean just like people off to their neighbors i mean an international corporation as well i mean countries like the united states helping other countries in the world that don't have the same resources to bolster that the health systems in many ways viruses all the one global threat there's a trope in science fiction that aliens are what will finally bring all of us humans together a group of hostile and powerful beings descend upon earth and humans realize that they must set aside their differences and unite to fight them off it's a generally annoying cliche in science fiction but when it comes to viruses these dastardly dangerous things that live among us it might actually be true to save humankind we might indeed have to band together and fight as one the question is whether we will.

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