Stockholm, Sweden (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ron Klain, President Obama’s Ebola Czar, has been nominated to receive next year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.
The announcement came in Stockholm just minutes after the United States has been officially declared ‘Ebola-free.’
In the last three months, about 1,000 people were being monitored by health officials for possible exposure to the deadly virus. Several schools in Texas and Ohio shut down because of a single patient who boarded a plane. A cruise ship was refused permission to dock in Cozumel, off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The governors of New York and New Jersey sought to quarantine incoming airport passengers suspected of carrying the virus. Polls showed a majority of Americans were concerned that Ebola would spread out of control in the U.S., thanks to the scare-mongering politicians and the ratings-hungry media.
On Tuesday, a fully recovered Dr. Craig Spencer, the last remaining U.S. person being treated and monitored for Ebola, was released from Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.
The U.S. is now Ebola-free, and much of the credit goes to Klain for his outstanding work as Ebola czar. While no one knows exactly what he did to eradicate Ebola in the U.S., he is nevertheless being honored by this Nobel Prize nomination.
“No single individual anywhere in the world has so effectively wiped out a pandemic in just a few months,” President Obama said, “but Klain did it.”
Caballo Island, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – We say again: It’s More Fun in the Philippines.
In the U.S., citizens returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa are quarantined in tents and isolated in hospitals. In the Philippines, they are offered a three-week luxury vacation in a resort island just off Manila Bay.
An island hosting a Philippine Navy installation will serve as home for three weeks for 112 Filipino peacekeepers returning from Ebola-stricken Liberia. The members of the Philippine contingent will be quarantined on Caballo Island, located 2.6 miles east of Corregidor, when they return to the country on Nov. 11.
“The peacekeepers will enjoy their stay in that island,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. He said the soldiers can go fishing and nature tripping. If they choose to stay indoors, the peacekeepers can surf the Internet or watch their favorite cable channel.
Cabunoc said the island stay is a fitting reward for the Filipino troops who risked their lives to maintain peace in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Philippine Senator Miriam Santiago proposed a new bill designating Caballo Island as a quanrantine island for all corrupt politcians convicted of or facing graft and corruption or plunder charges. “Nothing is a more appropriate punishment than isolating all evil people in the same small island,” Santiago said. “I know they can’t stand each other, so that would be a better option than locking them up in individual prison cells,” she added.
Louisville, Kentucky (The Adobo Chronicles) – After two months of causing widespread panic among the American public, Ebola has finally been eradicated in the U.S.
This was announced today by Senator Mitch McConnell, the presumptive next Senate majority leader. The Kentucky senator defeated his Democratic rival in yesterday’s midterm elections, as did several other Republicans in various state contests. The Republican victory virtually put both the Senate and the House of Representatives under full control by the GOP.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first-ever case of Ebola diagnosed in America on September 30. The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, came from Liberia and had remained in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, Texas for over a week. On the morning of October 8, he died.
Several other cases of nurses and doctors suspected to have been exposed to the Ebola virus after arriving from medical missions in West Africa prompted extreme measures by several states, including mandatory quarantine and active monitoring by the federal government.
Many Republican candidates campaigned on scare tactics and criticized the Obama administration for doing nothing or very little to combat the spread of the deadly virus in the U.S.
It turns out that “Ebola” was a code name used by Republican leaders to refer to their political strategy to gain full control of Congress in Tuesday’s elections. Choosing the code name worked perfectly for Republican candidates because it resulted in a “double entendre,” scaring many voters who believed that the Democrats were not doing enough to stop the spread of the virus. Exit polls confirmed that voters went for Republican candidates because of this.
As soon as the television networks and news media called the election in favor of a full Republican control of Congress, the GOP officially declared that Ebola has been eradicated in the U.S.– their election strategy code name, that is. With it came the eradication of Democrats in key states.
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