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Opinion Pieces Discuss Risk Communication Surrounding Ebola, U.S. Funding For Ebola Efforts

CIDRAP: When the next shoe drops — Ebola crisis communication lessons from October
Peter Sandman and Jody Lanard, risk communication experts

“…The U.S. Ebola experience highlights four main crisis communication errors. 1. Don’t over-reassure … 2. Acknowledge uncertainty … 3. Don’t overdiagnose or overplan for panic … 4. Tolerate early overreactions; don’t ridicule the public’s emotions…” (12/9).

The Hill: Emergency Ebola funding will safeguard global health and security
Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland

“President Obama has asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to advance the U.S. fight against Ebola. I urge Congress to approve this funding, which is critical to containing the epidemic in West Africa, to improving the capabilities of American health systems to care for Ebola patients, and to developing vaccines and therapies to prevent and treat the disease…” (12/10).