Ebola. Touch wood they seem to be kind getting on top of things over in West Africa. If you want to touch up on your Ebola vocab, have a look at the Ebola Word List and YouTube clip where I explain each word. The Ebola list is my original style so there is an article for each word. I couldn't tell you if they still all work.
As promised, a transcript of what I am saying. Starting now:
Ebola. Seems we have some good news. Remember today you've just got me talking about three articles. Tomorrow you're going to have the transcript of what I'm saying, and links to
the articles so you can read them yourself. Cool.
Ok. Ebola - it got very bad but it seems to be getting better. The World Health Organisation
(WHO), are seeing an improvement. Since the whole Ebola thing started 8429 people out of 21296 cases have died. However, Liberia - one of the worst hit places - have had two days
this month with no cases reported, so that is a great step in the right direction. The the past WHO made the mistake of predicting an end date. They're refusing to predict and end date
(this time). They're saying everything is going well, but they won't predict an end date
because it for them to model an end date it relies on all the people - the local people - using all the tools they're given, and they can't guarantee that - so they can't predict an end date.
Next, the Medical News today have made (they didn't make), they report on a bunch of
people (boffins) who have come up with a very, very clever computer model. So they get the computer model, and they get the features of the virus, how it transmits, what's being done - and they throw all that stuff into the computer model - and it has spat out a date - June - for the end of Ebola in Liberia. They go on, the same as WHO, to say it's a realistic possibility
but it isn't a foregone conclusion because it relies on people doing what they have put into
their model, which is using all the stuff that they're given. But the model shows, they put the stuff in that was done before and the model that they have shows that what has been done
in treating Ebola so far has had a huge effect. They put figures in if if was just left as was,
and it was a lot worse.
Finally, the good guys at Medecins sans Frontieres (I'm not French so maybe that's awful
pronunciation) or Doctors without Borders - the good guys - they have got a fantastic updatefor us. The link is to their Ebola update. Fantastic statistics, broken down into areas and
they talk about what they are doing. They're going door to door and they are doing the three things they said in the beginning which was the way to get rid of Ebola. They're informing people, they're getting more hospital beds, and they're getting rid of the
bodies properly - not letting people wash them at home and stuff.
So that's great news about Ebola. Thank you. Enjoy, and come back and have a look at the transcript tomorrow. Bye.