Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the first case of Ebola had arrived in the U.S. The patient, identified as Thomas Eric Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian citizen who was visiting family and friends in Texas, was admitted into Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas after exhibiting fever, abdominal pain, and other Ebola-related symptoms.

Initially, this new might be shocking and scary — the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been the worst in recorded history, after all. But Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, reminds Americans that the media has been doing a lot of fear-mongering and it’s very unlikely that an outbreak could occur here. “[The media has] drunk so much doomsday juice, they’re even projecting panic onto people who are not panicking,” Stewart said. “It’s almost like they’re crossing their fingers for an outbreak.”

The CDC, meanwhile, has assured Americans that they have everything under control. “I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said during a press conference. Besides, Ebola isn’t airborne; it can only be transmitted through bodily fluids, and only after the patient has been exhibiting symptoms — not when it’s in incubation. There’s a very little chance that Duncan, who is currently in isolation and being cared for, could have spread the virus to someone on the plane or among his family members.

Stewart plays a clip of Frieden reassuring us during a press conference; yet ABC News play scary-sounding music in the background, as though to stir up feelings of a horror movie. “What the f---?” Stewart yells. “You don’t get to just put droning, ominous, suspenseful music under objectively good news. The guy was saying ‘We got this!'”

“The problem is the media was infected with Ebola fear a long time ago,” Stewart adds, “and now that it’s had its time to incubate, they’re showing extreme symptoms.”

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