The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Gina Kolata of the New York Times discusses the influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed as many as 40 million people around the world. Today, scientists are working with long-preserved tissue samples of flu victims to learn why that strain of this common virus was so deadly. Her new book is called "Flu" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
- Gina Kolata author and "New York Times" science writer
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