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October 22, 2014

Ebola Hysteria Fever: A Real Epidemic

Doing something stupid is not always better than doing nothing. And imposing a travel ban is high on the list of stupid things. The travel banners may have enormous faith in the competence of government, but as a practical matter a travel ban will not keep everyone who has been to Liberia out of the country. People will come through third countries and simply lie about their travel history. Passport marks will be smudged or removed. Travel banners may have great confidence in the ability of our immigration authorities to prevent such trickery, but those of us in the real world know that many people will slip by. And, thanks to the travel banners, these people who may have been exposed to Ebola will be hiding from the health authorities because they have broken the law to get into the country. Now isn't that a great way to control the virus?

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