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Fear factor: The unseen perils of the Ebola outbreak

Overview of attention for article published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 2016
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Title
Fear factor: The unseen perils of the Ebola outbreak
Published in
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 2016
DOI 10.1080/00963402.2016.1216515
Pubmed ID
Authors

James M. Shultz

Abstract

As illustrated powerfully by the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in western Africa, infectious diseases create fear and psychological reactions. Frequently, fear transforms into action - or inaction - and manifests as "fear-related behaviors" capable of amplifying the spread of disease, impeding lifesaving medical care for Ebola-infected persons and patients with other serious medical conditions, increasing psychological distress and disorder, and exacerbating social problems. And as the case of the US micro-outbreak shows, fear of an infectious-disease threat can spread explosively even when an epidemic has little chance of materializing. Authorities must take these realities into account if they hope to reduce the deadly effects of fear during future outbreaks.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 3 33%
Student > Postgraduate 2 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 11%
Other 1 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 4 44%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 33%
Social Sciences 1 11%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 October 2016.
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#1,498,972
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Outputs from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
#260
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#49,380
of 261,127 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
#12
of 17 outputs
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