With the ongoing fear against Ebola, it is only understandable why there are some people who are getting misinformation about the disease. As a way to give light to this issue, the stars of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” have gathered together in a new public service announcement to appeal to Americans.
A video entitled “ESF #MisinformationHack” was posted on YouTube on Monday. The video was uploaded by the Ebola Survival Fund organization as a way to raise awareness to Americans who are getting scared about the disease reaching their shores.
Stars of the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” movie — Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and many more — appear in the new public service announcement video in the hopes of clarifying information about the growing fear of Ebola virus. Instead of worrying about the virus getting to North America, the public service announcement hopes to let individuals focus on the problems faced by those in the West Africa, who are the ones that are suffering from the virus’ deadly spread.
The almost two-minute video opens to an array of video clips of reports about the outbreak from credible news outlets such as CNN and FOX. The video shows support for the Ebola Survival Fund, which reveals alarming statistics of the number of confirmed 19,648 Ebola cases throughout the world between Dec. 6, 2013 and Dec. 22, 2014. Out of the number, 19,640 cases were in West Africa. The data also shows that the eight American patients who were treated in US hospitals were able to survive the disease.
In the black-and-white video, 24-year-old Lawrence talked about the necessity of improving the medical services available in the three hardest hit areas of the disease: Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Meanwhile, Hemsworth reveals that there is a 20-percent survival rate for patients that were treated in other parts of West Africa. Additionally, Lawrence reminds the public that a number of doctors in the region have already died while treating the virus.
In the end part of the video, 22-year-old Hutcherson asks Lawrence what she would do if she got infected with the virus. To this, the “Hunger Games” star replied that she would be fine. Hutcherson closes the conversation by noting that there are a number of doctors available in the United States. Comparing this to the 50 doctors available in Liberia for 4.4 million people, there is a real need to improve the medical services available in the country.
The video clip also includes appearances from other “Hunger Games” stars such as Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright and Mahershala Ali.
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