I’m not a hypochondriac, I don’t suspect I have cancer every few months, and I don’t have germophobia. However, I followed the news developing around ebola outbreaks in Africa, I saw a VICE documentary about current ebola related issues in Liberia where people don’t believe it’s a real issue and still eat bush meat all the time.Bush meat comes from animals in the wild such as monkeys, who also happen to be hunted for food there. It is all but conclusively proven that HIV spread to humans through bush meat being hunted for in the jungles and sold in big African cities with lots of international travelers. So, with a lot of export from Africa and many people traveling to and from the continent almost everywhere across the globe, one might wonder if we’re really safe and sound in most urban parts of the world.
Consider the holidays now. We love to travel for the holidays, before, for or after New Years, and sometimes many of us (married, divorced, widowed and single alike) want to enhance the vacation experience by hooking up and getting up close and personal with equally adventurous, drunk and party-minded vacationers from around the world. Under circumstances of possible global pandemics, I’m not sure that’s necessarily the right way to go. Or, at least, it seems that in the near future we’ll be asking casual sex partners a lot more questions than ever before- if we’re smart. We’ll ask where and when they traveled last- on top of everything else we want to know to ensure our safety. At the same time, we may end up very happy about airline and customs agencies increasing health screenings at international flights- at least whenever there’s a reasonable cause for concern.
Am I paranoid, or am I mistrustful of other people? I don’t think it’s either of those. We have to screen, we have to be open about important things and we have to pay attention to ourselves and each other.Nobody’s perfect, right? At any rate, our world is evolving in such a way that all of us process way more data than ever before in order to make most of our choices: looking through flyers to decide where to buy what groceries, reading multiple reviews to buy a new smartphone and so on. I don’t think there’s anything bad about asking a few more questions before you get up close and personal with someone- as long as it’s done nicely and as long as those questions have not been answered ahead of time.
Give it some thought, gentlemen, and then go forth and have some fun this holiday season :)