Kuhar Fear Transcript


Kuhar Fear Transcript


[T]here was a lot of fear in Dallas about that case, and about potentially exposed people, and fear of an outbreak of Ebola, or transmissions that could occur. And there were a lot of ways that we saw that fear as we were doing our work. Just one example. For the public health workers who were helping with contact tracing--and mind you, these are people who are not caring for an Ebola patient, and who are not having contact with Ebola--some of them had kids. There were requests from the schools to not send their children to school. I don't know that I can explain it well. I think there was a lot of pressure from parents who were uncomfortable with anyone who worked in the Ebola--or with contact with anyone who could be working in the Ebola response, even if they weren't having contact with Ebola. That atmosphere slowly became very apparent. This was, I think, very unusual. I think this was probably unique to Ebola. There was a lot of fear of the disease itself, which is understandable: a very serious disease wherein a lot of people die who get it. So that was something I think that I--I don't know what to say other than that I was surprised. And maybe I shouldn't have been in hindsight. But I wasn't expecting things like that, and certainly not to hear from the local public health workers that we were working with that they were being asked to not send their children to school for what ended up being a response that was lasting quite a long time. This went on for--I don't know when that ask may have changed. But I was surprised to hear [that].


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