Rational altruism against Ebola

October 21, 2014 9:37 AM

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Rational altruism against Ebola

It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling aspect, by the absence of vaccines or drugs and by the fact that it can become even more scary, and soon affect our countries.

Everyone in the West subsequently focuses on the emergency response, by barricading themselves in and closing borders. Often through measures using the greatest media coverage as opposed to being effective, believing that isolating Ebola-affected nations would be enough.

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