Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Related To Ebola Epidemic

The Lancet: The medium and the message of Ebola
Editorial Board

“…Social media during a health crisis has the potential to bring experts together in a transparent and democratic forum with global participation to generate a mass of new and potentially helpful ideas. Scaling up the positive and constructive discussion of an informed Twitter discussion could remove boundaries between scientists, health professionals, and policymakers, creating a new diverse community that gives everyone a voice and an opportunity to contribute. To create the conditions to defeat Ebola, we need more of that kind of global engagement, knowledge, and commitment” (11/8).

Washington Post: The Ebola fight is far from over
Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general

“…The rate of new Ebola cases shows encouraging signs of slowing in some of the hardest-hit parts of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone — and that’s good news. The full-scale international strategy to attack Ebola through safe burials, treatment facilities and community mobilization is paying dividends. … Each day’s delay in intensifying the response adds greatly to the toll in lives, the cost of ending the outbreak, the social and economic impact, and the risk of the disease spreading to other countries. Ebola will be beaten through a resolute and coordinated effort. We have initial evidence to prove that this can happen. But we must speed up efforts to first get the crisis under control and then bring it to an end…” (11/7).

Foreign Policy: Ebola Was Here
Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations

BMJ: Response to Ebola in the U.S.: misinformation, fear, and new opportunities
José Merino, U.S. clinical research editor

Project Syndicate: Ebola and Inequality
Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and University Professor at Columbia University

Washington Post: The world can’t hide from pandemics
Lawrence Summers, professor at and past president of Harvard University

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