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This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should be worried.

By Ishaan Tharoor July 28 at 2:12 PM
The worst Ebola outbreak in history has put a number of countries in West Africa in lockdown, led to the deaths of nearly 700 people since February and brought new reports of doctors, including Americans, contracting the virus they are attempting to contain. The situation is undeniably scary. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Ebola?
Ebola viral disease is a highly infectious illness with fatality rates up to 90 percent, according to the U.N. World Health Organization. Symptoms initially include a sudden fever as well as joint and muscle aches and then typically progress to vomiting, diarrhea and, in some cases, internal and external bleeding — you can see a full, grim description of symptoms compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.
The virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids of someone who is infected. Reports of human infections usually first emerge in remote areas that are in proximity to tropical rain forests, where humans can come into contact with animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas and forest antelope. The consumption of bush meat is often a precursor to such outbreaks. The WHO says fruit bats are probably the natural host for the virus.

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I am 14 and I am about to take Algebra 2. I put little effort into the class because I hate it. I draw in class and don't even listen. Yet somehow I'm ahead and get great test scores. Do you think I will grow out of not liking it?


  I can tell you a few things that might help you grow out of it because it was exactly the same for me and I can relate.

  First, knowing mathematics can actually help you draw better. Second, knowing math will give you the ability to see hidden patterns in everything around you, from the swirls in your drink to the patterns of a flower. Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics. The better you understand mathematics, the better you will comprehend the universe that surrounds you.

  A third thing to understand is that a great deal of people who end up becoming mathematicians actually started off hating it, and little by little as they gained a golden coin of understanding, each step became easier and easier until it was like breathing to them.

  As some further encouragement, one of the greatest minds and contributors to mathematics in the history of humankind, Albert Einstein, said that his math was too weak. So, don’t let the seeming difficulty dissuade you. Just tell yourself, if I get interested in this…just a little…to learn this tidbit of information, it will bring me that much closer to understanding why the Earth rotates as it does and revolves around the sun, or why the moon circles the Earth.

  Math has many branches and each of them bring their own lenses to the table, Algebra is just one of them but it’s a fundamental one and knowing Algebra can lead you to more interesting areas that will open up literally a universe of possibilities for you. I hope that helps. Good luck!


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