Ebola FAQ

Yaneer Bar-Yam

Q: If transportation is limited how do supplies and healthcare workers get in to areas where the disease is present?

A: Asymmetric transport: Easy to get in and hard for anyone to get out unless they go through screening or isolation when they are elsewhere.

Q: What about the economic consequences of partitioning a city, country or limiting international travel?

A: We have to compare two scenarios: No partitioning with the resulting larger outbreak, longer time to contain and greater costs of containment, against the costs of partitioning. Given the $1 billion dollars that are expected to be needed to contain the outbreak today, the costs of partitioning can be much more limited if they are done well.

Q: Is this about leaving those in infected areas to die?

A: By preventing the disease from spreading, more healthcare workers can go to the areas that are infected and provide much more rather than less care.



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