When fear and panic take over, intelligent, thoughtful logic is needed.
Ebola is a scary entity. Many of the individuals who become infected have, to date, died. It is true. And there is as yet no vaccine. Effective cure is not yet fully developed.
People are clamoring to close the U.S. borders to people travelling from West Africa.
But Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the author of "The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West," has exactly the intelligent, logical thoughts for us.
"In an average year, more than 23,000 deaths in America are associated with influenza. But this toll isn't enough for us to shut the borders in an attempt to keep influenza at bay. The idea that we could completely seal off the U.S. from the rest of the world is laughable - at best we might delay a disease from arriving by a few days or weeks. When it comes to the flu, we're not even willing to take considerably more targeted and effective measures, such as banning kids from school if they haven't received the vaccine or providing shots for free at pharmacies."
Measured, intelligent thought always makes more sense than panic-stricken flailing. Supporting the countries where the incidences of infection are greatest makes the most sense. We must offer our support and assistance as they try to fend off this disease. And the average American citizen would do well to keep cool under pressure, knowing that Ebola is a remote risk to most of us and that much more common infections, such as influenza and measles, are far more important for us to remain vigilant against.
Be safe. Stay healthy.