Ebola has officially reached America. Multiple online news sites, such as CNN and USA Today, sent breaking news notifications to smart phones across the country. I received the notification and was in utter shock, as were the students next to me whom I showed. On twitter many more news outlets were tweeting about it such as local news stations from Philadelphia that I follow. Even the New York Times Editor Lydia Polgreen was tweeting information to help calm citizens down. That was extremely helpful because she discussed how there is a very small chance to catch the virus as well as, how a person does catch it.
There were a few people trying to poking fun at the virus outbreak in the United States, but this is absolutely not a funny matter. There were some memes that used Lindsay Lohan in the movie Mean Girls because her character was from Africa. This is an important matter. Although social media has helped to calm people down and properly inform U.S. citizens about what the deal is with Ebola, it has also made something that has killed thousands of people into somewhat of a joke. People need to realize that although it is not to be treated as an epidemic, it still is a serious issue that should be respected.