Aloha, people/friends (these categories are not mutually exclusive). Last week, I half-jokingly asked Joseph Skeate, our resident molecular microbiologist, how worried we should be about Ebola. This was his answer:

[S]till shouldn't be freaking out too much on the private level unless you're near a zone with a confirmed case (ex. individual homes). State and local governments should be a bit more concerned than before and should have disease responses outlined and practiced by now, but I know there are several which are lagging behind in response planning.

The most interesting thing is going to be seeing how hospitals are going to respond to the coming influx of people that have flu and cold symptoms.

Speaking of which, get a flu shot if you're reading this and haven't already, there are so many ways to get them for free or at a reduced price. 90 percent of children that died from influenza last year were not vaccinated! (source)

In other words, don't fear the reaper. Instead, get a flu shot. Also, today is Monday, so you should probably drink coffee (like this, not like this).

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