At Ebola ground zero in Dallas, residents are surprisingly calm

Malouf’s apartment lies just minutes from Vinson’s, and his office is a stone’s throw from Texas Presbyterian, but he and his wife haven’t made any changes, nor do they plan to. Malouf is still going into the office, going to the gym, shopping for groceries, and doing everything else according to routine. “I personally am not too worried about it,” he added. “The worst I’ve seen is a guy who won’t shake hands.”

And that was pretty typical for the area. Stewart Owens was lying out on an expansive lawn Thursday reading V-Wars — a book he laughingly explained as “about a virus that sweeps America and turns people into Vampires” — but said he hadn’t really noticed anyone changing their daily routines. Jackie Callanen, a retiree who saw the hazmat trucks Thursday, also was undeterred and said the area was still ideal for walking. And Kris Berry recalled waking up to news helicopters hovering overhead, but said he was still “rocking business as usual.”

More than half a dozen other people made similar comments to BuzzFeed News.