The 43.3 million uninsured Americans are the country’s greatest vulnerability when it comes to stopping the world’s scariest virus.
Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since Tuesday's announcement that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease after having been in Texas for eight days. A month ago, a Harvard School of Public Health poll found that 39 percent of Americans thought an Ebola outbreak would come to the United States, and 26 percent felt concerned that they or a member of their family would get the disease. But things got concrete on Tuesday when news of the Dallas case was blamed in part for the 266-point plummet of the Dow Jones. And while concern over the case in understandable -- even, in some respects, warranted -- most of what people are reacting to is nothing to fret over.