Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It’s coming… travel bans being discussed over Ebola outbreak

The concept of restrictions on travel because of the Ebola outbreak is a two-edged sword.  First, the United States would not have had any incidents of Ebola on the continent had the CDC or HHS instituted a much stricter regimen for entry during the early days of confirmed cases in Africa.  Secondly, the number of confirmed cases are minuscule when compared to the number of airline passengers who fly everyday, with the economic, as well as the geo-political consequences that a travel ban might cause to the global system outweighing the risks.
But like the former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel so famously pointed out, the government should never let a crisis go to waste.
 

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