I’m not an authority on dealing physically with contagious diseases but I do know about handling fear. I’ve learned that stopping fear of disease can go a long way toward stopping disease itself.
The Christian Science Monitor quoted Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group: “There are two kinds of contagion, one is related to the virus itself and the other is related to the spread of fear about the virus. Both contagions must be defeated.”
This Daily Mail article agrees that worry and fear are often unhealthy and linked to various health problems: “Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us.” (See related article, “Five Rock Solid Ways to Master Fear.)
Just how connected the contagion of fear about Ebola is to the actual spread of the virus is becoming more widely understood. What happens in our thinking does not stay in our thinking. Fears can be manifested in our bodies. Protecting ourselves and our communities from Ebola and wiping it out, is as much about what we do mentally as physically.