Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola epidemic.

New York Times: Beyond Screening for Ebola
Editorial Board

“The new monitoring rules to be placed on travelers coming into the United States from three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa form a smart and workable response to a complex public health question. The measures should be more effective than a misguided ban on all travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which many in Congress have been demanding. … A ban would discourage volunteers from joining the fight against Ebola and make it harder to bring the epidemic under control, the surest way to protect this country from imported cases” (10/23).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola in New York
Editorial Board

“…[Ebola’s] arrival in Manhattan heightens the potential risks to public health given the crowded nature of the city. … The good news is that health officials appear to have learned from the failures in Dallas, where an Ebola patient was sent home without being diagnosed and quarantined. … One immediate question is why Dr. [Craig] Spencer was allowed to decide for himself whether he should be isolated upon his return from Africa. … [A] mandatory quarantine for 21 or more days for health workers returning from Ebola hot spots seems reasonable given the costs of a wider breakout…” (10/23).

Washington Post: The world is in denial about Ebola’s true threat
Michael Gerson, opinion writer

Huffington Post: How the War Against Ebola Will Be Won
Darius Mans, president of Africare

The Hill: Stop Ebola in Africa
Paul O’Brien, vice president for policy and campaigns at Oxfam America

The Guardian: Fatalistic forecasts aren’t helping Ebola efforts — greater positivity is needed
Robtel Neajai Pailey, a Liberian writer and PhD researcher at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies

Project Syndicate: Ebola’s Next Frontier
Hrishabh Sandilya and Dany Shoham, visiting fellows at the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Wall Street Journal: There’s Plenty of Money to Fight Ebola
Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary

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