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Ebola: The economic fallout

EconoMeter panel measures Ebola's impact

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

The economic impact is real from both the direct havoc of the Ebola virus and the mere prospect of it spreading. Fear and paranoia spread quickly and widely, but irrational only if the threat does not occur. Considerable resources are being spent to treat those affected by the virus and developing cures. Much more can be expended to prevent the spread. These costs are real whether it becomes a pandemic or does not directly infect significant numbers of people. The impact to San Diego is likely remote, other than developing a cure for it, and difficult to determine the unknown.