As predicted in last week’s post, the true magnitude of the current Ebola epidemic – as it related to potential spreading in America – turned out to be somewhere between pants-shitting exponential growth feared by some, and the tidy, clean finish where all risk, panic, and fear would be put to rest along with Thomas Eric Duncan that was smugly expected by others.
Granted, all scientific evidence and history points to the latter group being much closer to the proper level of concern. This is a relatively difficult disease to contract, and with proper precautions taken by a responsible and thorough medical staff and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the odds of anyone contracting Ebola stateside were almost nil.
Almost. What unfolded in the last eight days has shown that the dismissive types were perhaps somewhat naïve in their own way. Two health care workers have tested positive for Ebola; while it is entirely possible that there won’t be a third, the potential seems higher now than it did a week ago. Those that placed unwavering faith in “the experts” to handle the situation properly have been forced to circle back and admit their confidence (which in some bordered on dismissive arrogance) was not entirely substantiated.