The Ebola outbreak has set off an alarm around the world. Public health leaders say the intense concern is appropriate, given the unprecedented size of the outbreak and the deadliness of the virus.
All experts say the outbreak has also produced a lot of unfounded fears, if not hysteria in the U.S. indeed, the Director Of The CDC says it will be easily contained.
"The United States has the resources it needs to effectively be able to contain the virus because of our sophisticated hospital system, which does not exist in Africa. On top of that, Ebola isn't actually that easy to catch," says Dr. Thomas Friedan of the Center For Disease Control.
But Elvira Patch of the Bronx disagrees. " Dr. Friedan hasn't seen Outbreak, you know, it stars Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. Many people die in the movie because of a dreaded disease. Ebola in the U.S. will cause the greatest medical crisis of all time," said Ms. Patch.
Her neighbor, Mrs. Dawn Snowden, agreed. "I don't know if you know who Steven Soderbergh is. But he directed the movie Contagion where there's a worldwide epidemic that the CDC can't find a cure for. The U.S. Government officials who are asking us to be come in the face of the Ebola outbreak in Africa should see it,"" she stated.
Since this reporter, like our colleagues at CNN believe there are two sides to every question, I think Ms. Patch and Mrs. Snowden should be taken seriously.