Be Very Afraid: How the Media Failed In Covering Ebola

Be Very Afraid: How the Media Failed In Covering Ebola

In Mississippi, parents pulled their children out of school after learning their principal had traveled to a part of Africa thousands of miles away from the Ebola outbreak. In New Jersey and Georgia , students from areas in Africa completely unscathed by the disease weren’t allowed to come to school. In Texas, a community college rejected two Nigerian applicants , because it refused to admit any students from countries affected by Ebola, presumably not realizing that that list included America. A rampant fear of the disease is spreading across the country, with two-thirds of Americans expressing worry about a large-scale domestic Ebola outbreak.

Politicians don’t seem to be any more levelheaded than the public. Senators from Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have voiced support for a ban on travel from the countries in West Africa affected by Ebola, despite CDC director Tom Frieden’s insistence that a travel ban would make it harder to track people coming into the U.S. from these areas. Governors in states from Florida to New York have imposed mandatory quarantines on health workers arriving from the region, despite many experts’ argument that it would only serve to stigmatize these workers and discourage people from […]

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