You cannot contract the Ebola virus from reading this blog post. You cannot contract it from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, either, but that apparently hasn’t stopped some of his Park Cities neighbors from sharing their hysteria over Jenkins’ recent contact with family members of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, who died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
As you’ve no doubt heard, Jenkins drove some of Duncan’s acquaintances in his personal SUV during their relocation away from the now infamous Vickery Meadow apartment that has since been decontaminated by men in hazmat suits. He was not wearing any kind of protective gear at the time.
Jenkins is an Armstrong Elementary School parent, which prompted enough inquiries to HPISD — none of them politically motivated, we assume — to lead the district to issue another memo this week to reassure the community.
So let’s recap what we know so far:
- Clay Jenkins does not have Ebola.
- Jenkins’ family does not have Ebola.
- Jenkins’ SUV is not infected with Ebola.
- Armstrong Elementary is not infected with Ebola.
- You cannot contract Ebola by touching Jenkins, or any member of his family, or his SUV, or any part of Armstrong Elementary.
- You do not need protective gear to enter Armstrong Elementary, or to interact with any of the students or staff members there.
- Nobody who lives in the Park Cities is being monitored for Ebola.
- You do not need to stock up on non-perishables or gas masks as if preparing for a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.
- You may carry out your daily routine without fear of being exposed to Ebola, even if that routine consists of trips to Armstrong Elementary, or the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, or Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Thus ends our public-service announcement. Hopefully that clears things up.