The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is unprecedented and continues to kill hundreds of people each week. Here in the US, the ‘spread’ of one case of Ebola to 2 nurses has caused mass hysteria and anxiety in Americans that have virtually NO risk of getting Ebola. CNN reports on this hysteria, which Mel Robbins, has termed FEAR-BOLA. FEAR-BOLA has resulted in a lot of embarrassing acts around America, which are listed in the CNN article.
Fear-bola attacks the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking. 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.
Today’s news that 43 people on the CDC Ebola watch list are cleared of ebola risk (people in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan), highlights that even people in close contact with an infected individual are unlikely to become infected. It also hopefully signals the beginning of the end of FEAR-BOLA. This is a good thing! However, once Americans realize they are not at risk, hopefully some of their subsiding fear can be directed towards support of the ACTUAL ebola outbreak in West Africa. Until the world tackles the exploding number of ebola cases in West Africa, we will continue to see rare cases of Ebola outside the affected region.