By Mollie Hemingway
The very moment that the news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down. But nobody was panicking. I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread quickly is not panicking. Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery and heading to your cabin in West Virginia. I mean, maybe there’s someone who has done just that. But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking. Lots of jokes about deadly viruses? Yep. Heightened awareness? Sure. People demonstrating different levels of concern? Sure. People not trusting the government at the same irrationally high levels as our media do? Absolutely. But that’s not panic! Neither is it “hysteria,” as Politico’s Glenn Thrush put it.