West Africa has been suffering from Ebola for a while now, and America has been lucky to only see a limited number of cases so far. But what is the worst-case scenario? Researchers warn that there could be two dozen cases in the United States before the end of October, and that's just the beginning.
"We have a worst-case scenario, and you don't even want to know," warns Alessandro Vespignani, a researcher creating simulations of infectious disease outbreaks, but there could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month. The projections only run through October because it’s too difficult to model what will occur if the pace of the outbreak changes but, as Bloomberg reports, Vespignani warns if the outbreak becomes more widespread in other regions, it "would be like a bad science fiction movie."
According to Bloomberg, Vespignani has called for people to be rationale and see what happens with containment of the disease in West Africa.
"We aren’t going to have an invasion of cases," he said. "After November, we need to reassess the situation and see what is the progress of containment in West Africa.”
Glenn, however, thinks the CDC and the government need to step up their efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa so the conditions for a "worst-case scenario" never come to pass.
"How do you contain it in West Africa? You don't let people come in and out," Glenn said. "Shut down the air travel to West Africa. This is insane. And it is going to be that literally going to be the death of all of us. If we don't just use common sense. It's not that hard to fix this."