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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Is Silicon Valley Sitting Out the Ebola Fight?

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October 08, 2014

Awash in cash, executives in Silicon Valley are fond of boasting they're changing the world for the better. However, reports Abby Haglage, when faced with one of the most complex public-health crises of the 21st century—the Ebola epidemic—the giants of Silicon Valley have been largely absent.


The debate about when China will oust the United States as the world's top economy has been all over the place, with recent estimates ranging from one to five years, as opposed to projections of one or two decades not that long ago. Now the International Monetary Fund says China has already zoomed ahead. The IMF, which in the spring calculated new exchange rates for comparing output of different economies, estimates the size of the U.S. economy in 2014 is $17.4 trillion, while China's comes in at $17.6 trillion. The speed of the transformation is breathtaking: As recently as 2005, China's economy was less than half the size of America's. Moreover, the IMF projects that China's economy will be 20 percent bigger than that of the U.S. by 2019. 


Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who is the first person to get Ebola in Europe, claims she followed all the protocols and does not know how she became infected. Ramos was part of the team that worked to try to save two Spanish missionaries who died from Ebola. "I really can't say, I haven't the slightest idea" she said, when asked by Spanish newspaper El Mundo how she may have gotten the virus.


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