Ebola Hysteria: An Epic, Epidemic Overreaction
By Saeed Ahmen & Dorrine Mendoza | CNN
This is getting ridiculous.
While the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it's generated in the United States is unreal.
You can count the number of documented cases in America on two hands -- and still have fingers to spare.
There are eight confirmed cases. And in each one, the patient was either infected in Liberia or Sierra Leone, or had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian returnee who's the sole fatality of the disease in the U.S.
Health care professionals, both within the government and those with little reason to parrot a party line, insist that the chances of any of us catching the virus are minuscule.
If we really need something to worry about, they say, worry about getting your flu shots. From 1976 through 2007, flu-related causes killed between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the U.S.
And yet, the disproportionate hysteria over Ebola multiplies contagiously.
Mel Robbins, a CNN commentator and legal analyst, has given it a name: Fear-bola.
"Fear-bola attacks the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking," she says. "It starts with a low-grade concern about the two health care workers diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas and slowly builds into fear of a widespread epidemic in the United States."
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