Ebola Panic Blends Fantasy Future Into The Present In The Wall Street Journal
Yesterday, the front page of the Wall Street Journal featured an alarming headline: Ebola Response Strains Hospitals. Under that headline, the paper told readers, “As the Ebola epidemic in west Africa expands, more cases could require treatment at US hospitals far from the specialized centers that have handled patients so far.
The mismatch between these words and the headline represents the Ebola panic quite well. How could a future possibility of an epidemic’s expansion on another continent be straining hospitals in the United States right now? The answer is that it couldn’t, that it isn’t, that time just doesn’t work that way.
The only strain that we are dealing with is the extra effort that so called journalists are going through to convince people that a public health crisis in the United States exists.