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Slate published a very moving article about Ebola recently with the tagline "The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola - The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity."  The article points out that Ebola "preys on care and love, piggybacking on t

Slate published a very moving article about Ebola recently with the tagline "The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola - The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity." The article points out that Ebola "preys on care and love, piggybacking on t

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Rebecca commented on The real problem with Ebola is not the virus.

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for the comment. Your solution makes a lot of great points! Devex just published a note on what they have learned so far about communication and Ebola. Also an interesting read: https://www.devex.com/news/ebola-communication-what-we-ve-learned-so-far-84559

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Rebecca commented on Caregivers are the most at risk for Ebola

Thanks Jessica! I've been traveling for the past few days and just catching up on the latest news. Have you seen any recent articles on how to address this risk?

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Rebecca commented on Caregivers are the most at risk for Ebola

Hi David and Elaine,

Thanks for the comments! David, I agree that treatment centers are certainly not enough. Sadly, there are still major issues with distrust of care centers, and given the awareness of the high level of contagiousness of Ebola, people are warranted to worry about going to a care center, particularly if they fear the appropriate measures for prevention of transmission to other patients are not in place.

Elaine, thanks for sharing the article! This article also points out the tragic truth that those who are the most compassionate and helping to care for others are the most at risk. Given the limited supply of protective gear, one idea would be to put together crews in each community who take over the role of burial of any people that pass (instead of having family members of each victim take on the role). It would be more cost effective and probably lead to much lower risk of transmission to provide training to a select few and provide them the best protective gear possible and then have them lead the process for all burials. These people would still be at very high risk, but if well trained and provided better gear, would at least decrease the total overall risk in a community.