New York Ebola Place


I’m not going to watch CNN. What’s the better option, to panic, or to trust basically that the NYC government, local hospitals, and CDC are on pretty much on top of the situation? Insist on good government and, as it were, pray for the best. When you begin to weigh out this or that possibility or counter-possibility, everything begins to sound preposterous, like Talmud. Consider, for instance, this bit about the subways here in the NYT.

So how might Ebola be passed on a subway? If someone ejected bloody mucus or vomitus onto a subway pole, and the next passenger were to touch it while it was still wet and then, for some unimaginable reason, were to put those wet fingers into an eye or mouth instead of wiping them in disgust — then yes, it could happen. Similarly, if an extremely ill passenger with high viral saliva loads were to sneeze large, wet droplets directly into the mouth or eyes of another passenger, the infection might be passed.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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