As for the rest of the world, health is a crucial concern for the United States. Epidemics, diseases, viruses, and pollution are difficult issues to handle at the same time, but the United States also brings help to other countries, including African countries in the case of Ebola, which may be suffering from such devastating illnesses. In order for the United States to offer aid to another country in fighting against a certain disease, three conditions must be respected. Firstly, the country must deliver as much information as possible about this disease. Secondly, American scientists must examine the disease and decide on what measures should be taken. Finally, the United States must receive an official request of help from the country seeking it. These steps were followed during the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Kikwit, for example, a large city in the Republic of Congo, obtained help from the United States. In order to fight diseases, many public schools also organize fundraisings.
Nevertheless, the United States also ensures its own security regarding diseases. Until this month, the Zika virus wasn’t a concern for the country, but the fast spreading of the virus has turned it into a potential threat. Contaminations have already reached the state of North Carolina, and will continue to proliferate, according to Randall Williams. In effect, the State Health Director in North Carolina states: “As long as the outbreak continues in Central and South America and the Caribbean, we expect to see more travel – related Zika virus infections in our state. “
Determined to unveil its mysterious origins, scientists are still analyzing and doing research on the virus.
by Hugo B.
Often unpredictable and devastating, natural disasters have abounded throughout the United States’ history; however, in terms of epidemics, few have garnered national attention since the progress of modern medicine. Instead, the United States is more frequently involved in helping other countries stricken by serious diseases. The infamous case of Ebola is the most recent and popular example of such an occurrence. Along with other countries in the world, the United States sent doctors and supplies to areas contaminated by the illness and strove to find a cure as well as to contain the virus—some even lost their lives through these attempts.
With regards to particularly destructive natural disasters in the United States, the most recent one is hurricane Sandy, which tore through the east coast and left entire areas ravaged by the violent weather in October 2012. Preventive measures for this catastrophe were quickly and effectively taken. The national guard and other outlets were sent to the zones targeted by the hurricane and evacuations were performed swiftly, allowing extensive repairs anticipated to be accomplished faster and more productively. This organized reaction to the natural catastrophe is in sharp contrast with the one to hurricane Katrina, which decimated New Orleans, Louisiana, defacing it into a wasteland back in 2005. In that case, relief teams were dramatically late and plans to save people trapped in the city were executed in a jumbled mess, leaving entire areas, even today, which have yet to be rebuilt. Following this tragic miscalculation, it seems as though the admirably organized preparation and response to hurricane Sandy were an attempt to make up for the failed riposte to the Katrina storm.
The United States implements various measures in order to ensure its citizens’ safety in the case of illnesses as well as natural disasters, which may potentially increase in number and in size in the upcoming future.
by Sam P.