Great dinner with friends last night, one of whom had just returned from Liberia. It seems obvious, but I hadn’t recognized how critical it is to rally awareness that the single most important policy is to treat the disease effectively in Africa. Not just because it is the humanitarian thing to do, but also because it is the most effective way to prevent its spread. Borders are porous; no one can really stop people from fleeing.
Here’s where data geeks could do some real good: What’s the spread look like assuming effective treatment (the US sends 1000 MASH units) in Africa vs the current “strategy” with no effective treatment there but futile efforts to control people at the border here?