Ebola: “Can I get it from a bowling ball …from shaking hands …from mosquitoes?” How can I quiet my anxieties about this disease?
All the experts say it is extremely unlikely that you'll get Ebola. So why isn't this reassuring enough? Why can’t you breathe a sigh of relief knowing there’s only a teeny-tiny chance of contracting this disease?
Because if you’re living with anxiety, it’s not enough to hear about a low probability. You want to hear a guarantee of safety.
Uncertainty and Fears
And what feels more uncertain than the transmission of germs? They can’t be seen, tasted, smelled, or felt. They’re invisible invaders who can strike at any time. They’re biological terrorists that we can’t be protected from all the time. We can take appropriate precautions and do all the right things, and still they may find an entry point.