It may have escaped to all of our colonies, carrying the disease everywhere! Even here. –Look, if you knew about this a year ago why didn't you come to me? Wh-Why did you try to block our examination of the ship? We could have helped. –Because I was forbidden! Because we were ordered to remain silent! Our leaders were afraid the people would take the disease as a sign from the gods that we had fallen from grace. They were afraid they would be voted out for attacking the public good. They were afraid. They were afraid of everything.
The first new case of draffa was detected nearly a year ago. The family was so scandalized by it, that they lied about what killed him. By then, several of them had become infected, but because they believed that they were moral, they were sure that they would not be touched. So they decided to go out amongst the people. The disease began to spread. Each new infection was accompanied by silence and fear, the assumption that they were immune.