Ebola Being a "Mystery Disease" Led to High Amount of Fear

Mar 11, 2015

Laurie Garrett says that when Thomas Duncan came down with Ebola in Texas, national media coverage became "over the top."

I had hate mail, I had people saying that I was trying to infect America, because I was calling for people to calm down. - Laurie Garrett

"I had hate mail, I had people saying that I was trying to infect America, because I was calling for people to calm down," she says. "The level of fearfulness was so completely disproportionate to the actual threat."

On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health Council on Foreign Relations, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of The Coming Plague and most recently, Ebola: Story of an Outbreak.

Garrett will be the speaker for the 12th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.