One American doctor infected with Ebola has been brought to the United States and is being treated at Emory University, with a second one to arrive soon. The usual suspects are doing their best to sell paranoia and fear, led by arch-idiot Donald Trump. Vox explains why this is so overblown:
Transmission of Ebola will be prevented using standard protocols, and health officials say that the two pose very little risk to the general public.
Even if there were some terrible, unforeseen accident with one of these patients, Ebola wouldn’t be likely to spread very far. First, Ebola doesn’t jump from person to person through the air, but through close contact by touching bodily fluids such as sweat, vomit, or blood. The outbreak in West Africa is so severe for a number of key reasons, including a lack of resources, inadequate infection-control measures, and mistrust of health workers. The United States, by contrast, has far better public-health infrastructure. And that makes all the difference.
But some people have nothing to sell but fear itself. One right wing publication actually had a headline: “Obama brings Ebola to America!” As if Obama made the decision to treat the infected doctor himself. It’s just demagoguery, plain and simple.