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America is in panic mode over Ebola and Enterovirus D-86. That’s human nature —but it’s hard to battle an epidemic from a crouch. Here’s how managing fear can give us an edge over disease
Panic shows itself in a lot of ways—none of them terribly pretty. It’s when reason gets shouted down and shown from the room, when we quit being governed by what we know and instead by what we fear. It’s what America has been experiencing since Sept. 30, when news broke that the first Ebola case had been diagnosed in the U.S. The country’s nerves were already jangled by the continuing spread of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a flulike disease that has infected 664 people—most of them children—in 45 states so far and the District of Columbia. It has killed one 4-year-old New Jersey boy.
That disease is arguably the bigger threat on U.S. soil, but it’s Ebola that knocked …