On July 17, GSL Director Steven Hoffman published an op-ed in Vox, titled “The evidence on travel bans for diseases like Ebola is clear: they don’t work.”
The op-ed discusses how a travel ban would be counterproductive in trying to handle the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was recently declared by the WHO as a global health emergency.
The authors provide various examples of how travel bans have not prevented diseases from spreading in the past. They state that although travel restrictions may delay the spread of disease, they do not impact the number of people who eventually get sick. In addition, they are expensive, resource-intensive, and potentially harmful to the countries involved.
The full op-ed can be read here.