Fear is What We Need to Fear Most

ebola fear litany

photo credit: CDC (public domain photo)

The latest news suggests that the two health care workers who have been infected with ebola oughtn’t be a great surprise:

Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News

Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola …

Well, I guess protocols WEREN’T followed, all the Faux Nooz snarking and fearmongering and attacks on the head of the CDC notwithstanding. Facts banish nameless fears, unless, of course, you’re watching Faux Nooz.


You see, the thing that I’ve failed to articulate in a clear and endless voice is that the greatest threat in any epidemic is the fear itself. The fear that keeps medical workers from doing their jobs. The fear that keeps potential patients from revealing that they might HAVE the disease.

The fear of those who know nothing that becomes so dangerous to those who have the disease, might have the disease and those who are treating the disease.

Sunlight, in this case, is the greatest disinfectant.

But listen to Shepard Smith ON Faux Nooz, and let us applaud the fact that Shep seems occasionally to have the compulsion to actually speak truth to power and power doesn’t have the guts to fire him for it. This is pretty amazing stuff.

or watch on YouTube

In this case, mostly the only thing we really have to fear is fear itself.

But that is not a frivolous conclusion.



 Mr. Williams has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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