When the word Ebola is spoken, most think pure negativity. With many nurses and doctors treating the virus, thankfulness should set into the minds of many bystanders, including myself.



Why are individuals allowed entrance into the United States if they have Ebola or serious symptoms of the virus?

“This is ridiculous,” my initial thoughts told me. I do not want Ebola coming into the country.

Once I came to the realization of how selfish I was being, I REALLY started pondering the issue.

It began to register in my head that these people are risking their lives to serve our country.

If medical staff sat here and did nothing, there most likely would be no way to create a system big enough to ban all of the people from our country who have Ebola.

A part of the world would be excluded forever.

With these brave men and women traveling overseas assisting those afflicted by the disease, they are essential for preventing a worldwide outbreak in the future.

I support those who are going over to Western Africa to help others.

Instead of thinking they should be banned and put on a list of people to not let back in until completely cured, I think they should be let back in and treated by our medicinal practices and our best doctors free of charge.

I am not alone in these thoughts and many articles can be found with similar opinions.

“Instead of demonizing those who volunteer for service, through stigmatizing mandatory quarantines or the imposition of a travel ban, we should be honoring them,” said opinion columnist Christopher Coons from The Washington Post.

A columnist from CNN supports these positive thoughts as well.

“We should also acknowledge the need to support professionals on the front lines of health care delivery. Their courage in facing this disease (Ebola) should inspire us,” Robert Klitzman, opinion columnist for CNN, added.

These two media outlets ran these opinions and the articles have had traction among many with changing thoughts and views from negative to positive.

Before we jump to conclusions, as long as the procedures are done safely, we need to think about who is doing us a service and possibly saving future generations from this Ebola virus.

By Ryan Rerich

Ryan Rerich, Editor of MBU Timeline, is a senior pursuing a double degree in journalism and communication studies with minors in sport management and public relations. Rerich, from Weimar, Texas, is a member of the golf team and was on the national qualifying team in 2013. Rerich engages himself in the photography aspect of sports, as well as writing and editing stories for the student website in a multitude of topics. In the past, Rerich was an intern at the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, as well as an intern at the Schulenburg Sticker, a weekly newspaper in South Central Texas. He is currently working in the MBU Writing Lab tutoring students during the school year. When he is not involved in those various activities, he can be found playing intramurals on Wednesdays or possibly playing catch outside of the apartments.