It’s that time of the year again when “Time” magazine selects its annual Person of the Year and for 2014, the magazine has selected the Ebola Fighters for a multitude of covers of its publication. The fighters of the deadly disease contained the outbreak and ensured that the people of our country were kept safe and sound from the scariest, deadliest outbreak in the history of the Ebola virus in history.
The title of Person of the Year usually is granted to the person or group of people who have had the biggest impact on the world and the Ebola Fighters are the ones who have protected all of us.
The deadly outbreak of the virus began in West Africa where doctors, nurses and other medical professionals battled against it and won. These people worked toward preventing the world’s largest outbreak of Ebola known to man and prevented it from becoming a global, deadly outbreak. At the time of this writing, there have been 6,000 deaths due to Ebola – all stemming from the 17,000 reported cases of the disease.
Featured on this year’s “Time” magazine covers are Ebola Fighters Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, nurse aid Salome Karwah, MSF volunteer health promoter Ella Watson-Stryker and ambulance team supervisor Foday Gallah.
The various magazine covers featuring the Ebola Fighters will hit newsstands on Friday, December 12, 2014. The Ebola Fighters were selected over a pool of influential people this year, which included the Ferguson protesters, Vladimir Putin and pop singer Taylor Swift.
It’s hard to think that people as important to our survival such as the Ebola fighters are on the same short list like someone such as Taylor Swift. At least she didn’t win out for the cover and the title of Person of the Year. For that alone, there should be protests. Kudos and our thanks to the fighters of Ebola for all they have done this year and for the future.