Ebola is Here

Today, news broke that a patient in Dallas was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. This is the first diagnosis of Ebola in the United States, ever.

My FaceBook timeline is flooded with links to the CDC news brief, articles from news outlets, and end of the world fears. Well, okay, that last statement is a slight exaggeration, but I’m sure some people on my timeline will be professing the end of the world by tomorrow.

In these immediate hours after the breaking news, the atmosphere reminds me of the early 1980s AID and HIV days. Some people are starting to panic. Lots of questions and rumors floating around about how the disease is transmitted. Government agencies are being rather unforthcoming about what they know.

The differences, and these are truly telling of our new generation, are almost all related to how fast this information is spreading. What took weeks and months to filter out in the 1980s is happening over mere hours (and soon to be days). The rapid spread of fear is absolutely amazing, and so are the government responses, albeit limited in their information–at least they are pumping out constant assurances about the difficulty of disease transmission.

Addendum: The panic on my FB page is now rampant (10/02/14).

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