I’m not staking my life (literally or figuratively), or my reputation on this, and not making a prediction as much as a short-term observation:
After several days of media-amplified panic about Ebola, of people saying they’d be afraid to fly on Frontier Airlines and stories of people being afraid to shake hands, it’s time to notice what is really happening:
Other than the two nurses who had intense and close contact with “Patient Zero” in Dallas, nobody else in America, including people who had subsequent contact with those nurses, seems to have contracted the virus.
In other words, it could just be that most of what we’ve been told about the disease not being particularly easy to contract is actually true. I know it’s hard for many of us to believe anything that comes out of this administration’s spin machine. But more independent sources, while also warning of the possibility of dangerous mutations, offer similar guidance: Ebola is very deadly if caught, but it’s not that easy to catch.
So let’s take a deep breath (literally and figuratively), shake hands, and — while remaining vigilant when appropriate — not let fear dominate our lives unnecessarily.
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