Welp. Those terrified of a potential Ebola outbreak now have even more reason to panic, as a second United States victim has now fallen ill to the contagious disease.
A Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who brought the virus to the United States and died last week, tested positive for the virus yesterday, despite reports that she wore protective equipment the entire time.
Well, that’s not good.
The U.S. government has already declared the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak as the worst in world history. More than 8,000 people have contracted the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 4,000 are dead. Those numbers are increasing by the day.
Most Americans prefer to remain ignorant on a disease that’s another world away. I mean, why spend any more time thinking about a virus that causes high fever, diarrhea and hemorrhaging any more than you have to? But now that it’s come to America, shit is getting real.
We’re still multiple steps away from it becoming even a threat of a mass outbreak. But, that being said, all it takes is one person to keep it going. As long as one American has it, there’s the possibility of every American having it.
But somehow, some way, even with the looming threat of Ebola bringing about the end of human existence, it still wasn’t the most frightening thing to happen this weekend.
And those who follow Amanda Bynes on Twitter know what I’m talking about. The child actor-turned-adult-schizophrenic’s troubles have already been well documented over the past couple of years. Her erratic behavior, both in public and social media, has already resulted in a stay in a mental institution, as well as losing the right to manage her own money.
But, for about a year, we didn’t hear much from the former All That star. Which is a good thing. It meant she wasn’t having any psychotic episodes. More importantly, she was avoiding Twitter.
That is, until last Friday, when she returned with a vengeance.
First, Bynes released a slew of Tweets threatening lawsuits against gossip magazines that she said called her insane. Then, completely out of nowhere, she alleged that her father sexually abused her as a child.
She ended the Tweet onslaught with one more absurd statement, which is not going to do her many favors when convincing people that she is mentally stable.
If you’re frightened, it’s because you should be.
The girl obviously needs help, so let’s just hope she gets that. It’s a real shame, because She’s the Man is by far one of the most underrated comedies of the last decade. It’s brilliant, and Amanda is delightful in it.
As of right this second, I’d probably say the scare level of Ebola and Amanda Bynes is about even. But, give it a day or two. If more people in America contract the virus, then that could be subject to change.
But we’re just one more Amanda Bynes Twitter outburst away from tilting the scales back in her favor.