Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health - The AIDS Epidemic's Lessons for Ebola.
N Engl J Med. 2014 Nov 5;
Authors: Gonsalves G, Staley P
For those of us who lived through the early days of the U.S. AIDS epidemic, the current national panic over Ebola brings back some very bad memories. The toxic mix of scientific ignorance and paranoia on display in the reaction to the return of health care workers from the front lines of the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the amplification of these reactions by politicians and the media, and the fear-driven suspicion and shunning of whole classes of people are all reminiscent of the response to the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s. The first decade of the AIDS . . .
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