Time magazine’s latest “Person of the Year” is healthcare related, with the publication naming the Ebola Fighters for 2014.
While Time’s Person of the Year are the Ebola Fighters, the profile focuses mostly on those in West Africa, which has been the real hot zone for the deadly, destructive disease. However, there are stories spanning the globe. The issue has five different covers featuring a handful of the Ebola Fighters involved.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote:
“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are Time’s 2014 Person of the Year.”
The traditional annual selection — called “Man of the Year” until 1999 — began in 1927 and selects a person, group of people, concept, or other entity that “for better or for worse” has had the largest influence that year.
This year’s profile is broken down into several parts, including a section dedicated specifically to the stories of Ebola nurses, featuring:
- Kaci Hickox, a nurse with MS quarantined in the United States
- Iris Martor, a nurse at a school for vulnerable girls in Monrovia’s West Point slum
- Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who treated Thomas Eric Duncan and later contracted and recovered from Ebola
There are also sections devoted to Ebola scientists, doctors, caregivers, and directors, as well as sections about some of the runner-ups, which included Vladimir Putin, Ferguson Protestors, Taylor Swift, Roger Goodell, Tim Cook, Massoud Barzani, and Jack Ma.
What do you think about the announcement that Time’s Person of the Year are the Ebola Fighters?
How has the fight against Ebola directly or indirectly affected you as a healthcare professional?
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