The Ebola crisis in Liberia will not end with a cure for the disease. The suffering and death of those who fell victim to the disease are the greatest and most tragic casualties. However, the medical deaths may be eclipsed by the number of people who will suffer from hunger and other deprivations because of the economic impact of the epidemic. Schools have been closed for an indeterminate amount of time. Regular business and commerce had been suspended and is only beginning to recover. Travel restrictions offer additional financial hardship for an impoverished nation.
Emile Sam-Peal, a Liberian native, spoke to RBC and indicated the great hidden costs of Ebola. People have no work to go to and no business to conduct. Along with a shortage of medical supplies there are food shortages. Liberia is a nation of shortages and Ebola has diminished dwindling resources.
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