…it’s a good analogy by the way. Ebola has a rather high mortality rate. The common flu has a very high survival rate. As a result, people tend to react to an ebola outbreak as though running from a plague. People just take a few days off work to deal with the flu and don’t really interrupt their daily lives.
The flu still has the potential of mutating into something with the same relatively low survival rates as ebola. We can see this with things such as the recent Swine flu or previous bird flu scares. The chances of the flu mutating such as this increases as more people get and spread it. Ebola is almost always going to be subject to swift responses and strict quarantines. The common flu may generate some measures if enough people get it in a short enough period of time in one locale, but generally is treated as just something accepted.
My likelihood of coming in contact with someone that has gotten the flu through carelessness is much higher than coming in contact with someone that has contracted ebola. No, I’ll fear the flu more.
(this was a response to a facebook email I received:)
Islam is merely a more virulent form of the disease called religion. Yet, when faced with simultaneously fighting Ebola and the Flu, you probably should focus on the Ebola so that you can live long enough to even worry about the Flu.
(by the way, I personally would differentiate between ‘radical Islam’ and Islam when drawing any comparison to ebola)