The Ebola story in America — about that single case in Texas — is properly told at a calm and rational distance.
There’s the distance between your eyes and the paper or the screen where you’re reading or watching the news about Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and those close to him, quarantined in Dallas.
Beyond that is another distance, to some city where an epidemiologist in a lab coat talks in dry tones about precautions and necessary steps.
But some can’t keep a distance from this. They are the first responders, the emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
They’re the first to open the door and see a man on the ground, vomiting, and perhaps children and other adults, worried and afraid, ready to bolt and run.