After an African outbreak that recently spread to the U.S., media outlets are spending a lot of time issuing updates and warnings about the Ebola virus. It is obvious from the remarks being made on Twitter, however, that a significant portion of the population remains blissfully ignorant.
Many users apparently believe some person named Ebola is at the center of all the attention…
Who is Ebola?
— Nick Gorham (@Germeyyy) October 3, 2014
Who is Ebola?? — YUNG HELEN (@jaxon_keller) October 3, 2014
…even if they can’t even agree on which gender to assign.
who is Ebola and why did he come to America
— shay (@shannahgelerman) October 3, 2014
who is Ebola and does she even go here? — SHAYNE (@shayne_white3) October 2, 2014
The answers are often even more disheartening…
@jaxon_keller the president of Africa or something
— Lindss. (@_lindseybrooke) October 3, 2014
…although it is clear at least a few are joking.
@shannahgelerman It’s a she, not a he! I think she’s a cousin of Beyonce.
— Don Fredrick (@Colony14) October 3, 2014
The fact that it is so difficult to distinguish the serious posts from the tongue-in-cheek is a sad testament to the disengaged culture so prevalent in today’s America.