Proactive efforts commended

Published 11:20 am Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recently, the Ohio Department of Health was awarded $300,000 to purchase protective suits in the event the recent Ebola outbreak reaches Ohio.

This was a measure that simply makes good sense and provided Ohio residents some comfort to see some proactivity that has been lacking since the first case was confirmed in the United States.

It is important to remember that although people in Ohio are being monitored, to this point no cases have been confirmed in the state.

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Having the ability to obtain additional resources and develop a plan is essential.

Unfortunately, we have seen a hysteria created over the past month in relation to Ebola. This is serious and mistakes have been made since the first case was confirmed.

However, we applaud those officials at both the state and federal level for taking action and providing the residents of Ohio some peace of mind that the proper precautions and plans are being made now instead of reacting after a case is confirmed.

While it is certainly a disease that can be devastating and spread, so can other sicknesses like influenza that is much more prevalent.

Additionally, an important factor to remember is that Ebola does not spread like the flu or common cold, as it requires contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids.

It is certainly refreshing to see a proactive approach that will help alleviate avoidable anxiety for Ohio’s residents.