I guess the one thing our advanced societies absolutely cannot contain is the freakout virus.
We’ve got measles outbreaks and whooping cough outbreaks because of parents refusing to vaccinate children, and everyone yawns. 30 people die a day in gun violence, no 24-hour coverage on the networks. Hundreds can die in a “normal” seasonal flu outbreak every year, still no freakout. Ebola? From Africa? OH MY GOD IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD! GAAAA!