Ok let me just give a bit of information.
I work at the Rhode Island Department of Health. We have one of the largest percentage of Liberian residents (percentage of our population, not most people) in the US. Since day one, our department has been working with hospitals about what to do "WHEN" ebola comes to the US.
One thing you have to take into account on ebola and it's death rate in western Africa, is that there are many many things that are different there.
Sanitation is different. Medical care is different.
But most of all, the Liberian's have a very very different view of medicine and government. Many of them do not seek treatment until it is far too late. They also don't embalm the dead the same way we regulate in the United States. This means that the disease spreads more, faster, and is more difficult to squash out.
It also means that in the United States, while there are ways for it to spread, we have much more in place to deal with it, than in Liberia. We have hospitals ready to quarantine. And yes we have places like Texas that will make mistakes, because let's face it, this isn't an every day thing for many hospitals across the US. But overall, we do have what we need to keep it from spreading, and more importantly, the death rate is and will continue to be much lower in a place where people can get rapid treatment, access to the best medical care, and all the necessary medications and supplies to keep both them and their doctors safe.
So while yes, the media may be downplaying certain aspects of it, trust that the health officials across the country are hard at work to make sure that people here are safe, and that if/when people bring this into the country, we are prepared and able to handle it without it becoming the outbreak it is across the sea.
There is a lot of specifics I can't say, because I don't know for sure exactly, as my department doesn't work directly in that field, but we do get updates about everything going on in a general sense, and my boss goes to meetings daily where she learns what is happening. There isn't reason to panic. And yes, I'd hope that knowing what is going on, people will be a little more careful about hygiene, but for the most part, there really is no reason to panic.
Panicking will only lead to hospitals being overloaded with people who aren't really sick, who think they MUST have it, making it more difficult to determine the real actual cases.
Edit: It was pointed out to me that my statement came off as being an attack on Texas. I want to clarify that I have nothing against Texas, and just meant that they made a mistake there, and it may/probably will happen elsewhere, especially in places that don't have high Liberian populations, because they may not expect the cases. I certainly didn't mean it as an insult to Texas, and hope no one takes it as such.