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Ebola and Paranoia

When I go down the list of things that I worry about, the Ebola virus is not one of them.

As you may be aware the Center for Disease Control announced Monday the first diagnosed case of Ebola here in the United States.   According to media reports, the unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20.  He did not show any symptoms of Ebola and he is now in an isolation unit in a Dallas hospital.

Now this is the point where people start to freak out and images from The Walking Dead or a George Romero film start to come into play.

I am always amazed at the paranoia when it comes to this sort of thing, especially since Ebola is not an airborne pathogen.  You have to come into physical contact with the person.  Or you have to exchange bodily fluids.

So unless you’ve been to Liberia lately, or have exchanged urine, saliva, feces, vomit, or semen with someone with Ebola, then I don’t think you have anything to worry about either.

There are plenty of other things in this world to be paranoid about, just look over your shoulder.