Actually, let us do speak of the toxic cootie.
Cootieus Humanus Toxicus, irrational fear of.
Sorry but I am a true believer.
It is out to get me and the incompetence of others is acutely important.
Most folks wandering around "out there" on a day to day basis are to some degree incompetent.
Not everyone mind you but it only takes one to mess things up for a lot of folks.
However, they (Cootieus Humanus Toxicus) have always been around and are just part of the background noise of humanity.
But when combined with something like the ebola virus they are to be treated with a keen and focused awareness.
Distance is the only sure prevention here.
If you find yourself zipping up a Tyvek suite and tightening the straps on a full face respirator you are way behind the Get-Outta-Dodge curve.
I for example quit any kind of shopping anywhere NEAR the "hot zone" which right now is apparently a corridor from Greenville Av to White Rock lake / Buckner blvd and walking distance of any DART station northeast of White Rock Station on the blue line, south past Skillman and Lovers lane then further south on down to Live Oak.
Lets take a look at the scorecard.
Nurse 1 is 11 residential blocks from my place. I cross Marquita and go within 1 block of that house on my daily exercise route.
Nurse 2 is abut twice that distance right up Greenville or Skillman, take your pick.
DART station barfer is about 2 miles from Nurse 2 and stayed for a while in the same building as Patient zero, don't know when.
Patent zero (Ivy Apartments) and Presbyterian Hospital are about 2 miles north of Nurse 2.
Which is about 2 miles from my work.
Sooo, that `ol paranoia is really kicking in, don't ya know.
Good thing the price of gas is going way down...