I've been wondering why the governments of the world have been so insistent on keeping the public from being overly fearful of an Ebola epidemic. At first, it appeared to be another issue that the infernal party politics could take sides over, and it has been that also. And anything as devastating as a virus with a 50%+ mortality rate is going to be scary, regardless of how little they say it's going to spread. Especially since most of the early predictions are already starting to be proven incorrect.
But after a little research online, I began to find out the economic devastation that panicking over a pandemic in today's atmosphere of global connectivity would cause. And frankly, I think I fear the financial doom, more than the chances of actually catching the disease, so far. Though most sites are only estimating the economic effect on W. Africa, it's not hard to imagine what it could reap worldwide.
From other News sources it seems that GSK, a major pharma, and several other companies that there will be millions of doses of an effective vaccine by end of 2015. And though that will probably put this current strain in remission, that's a long way off if this disease picks up speed and starts to spread.The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 is estimated to have caused over $50 billion-worth of damage to the global economy, despite infecting only about 8,000 people and causing fewer than 800 deaths.
The economic impact of Ebola: Panicking only makes it worse | The Economist
Do you think Ebola will cause serious financial disruptions, especially if it spreads to many countries (Europe & Asia) and US States? If the Market takes a significant beating for a few days (1000's of points lost), I believe the gov't will make the major Media outlets stop reporting it?
Calculating the Grim Economic Costs of Ebola Outbreak