How to Stop an Epidemic

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  • Published: 13 August 2019
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    References:
    [1] theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/28/ebola-virus-guinea-first-victim-patient-zero
    [2] vanityfair.com/news/2014/10/ebola-virus-epidemic-containment
    [3] who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/guinea-chart-big.png?ua=1; who.int/csr/disease/ebola/one-year-report/virus-origin/en/
    [4] who.int/cholera/technical/secretariat_report/en/
    [5] who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/guinea/en/
    [6] vanityfair.com/news/2014/10/ebola-virus-epidemic-containment
    [7] nytimes.com/2014/03/27/world/africa/guinea-government-bans-bat-soup-to-halt-ebola-outbreak.html
    [8] who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/lessons/en/
    [9] who.int/choice/demography/by_country/en/
    [10] who.int/csr/disease/ebola/one-year-report/who-response/en/
    [11] vanityfair.com/news/2014/10/ebola-virus-epidemic-containment
    [12] who.int/features/2014/ebola-myths/en/
    [13] vanityfair.com/news/2014/10/ebola-virus-epidemic-containment
    [14] cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/history/2014-2016-outbreak/cumulative-cases-graphs.html
    [15] cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/history/2014-2016-outbreak/cumulative-cases-graphs.html
    [16] web.archive.org/web/20140318195354/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conakry_International_Airport; web.archive.org/web/20150323085135/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conakry_International_Airport#cite_note-Arik.2C_Gambia_stop_flights-6; allafrica.com/stories/201407100889.html; bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-10-17/ivory-coast-airline-to-resume-flights-to-ebola-affected-nations; web.archive.org/web/20141031141628/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungi_International_Airport
    [17] cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/treatment/index.html
    [18] who.int/emergencies/diseases/ebola/frequently-asked-questions
    [19] msf.org/liberia-msf’s-new-ebola-management-centres-already-overwhelmed
    [20] nytimes.com/2015/01/02/health/ebola-doctors-are-divided-on-iv-therapy-in-africa.html
    [21] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734504/figure/F3/
    [22] theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/-sp-liberia-ebola-crematorium
    [23] afro.who.int/news/ebola-outbreak-liberia-over
    [24] news.un.org/en/story/2016/01/519932-west-africa-declared-free-ebola-transmission-un-health-agency-warns-new-flare
    [25] who.int/news-room/detail/17-07-2019-ebola-outbreak-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-declared-a-public-health-emergency-of-international-concern

Comments • 2 997

  • Rigil Kent Angeles
    Rigil Kent Angeles  10 hours back

    Those townspeople deserved to die from Ebola. They cause hundreds, if not thousands of people to die.

    • CEO of Czechoslovakia
      CEO of Czechoslovakia  19 hours back

      Just dont be sick

      • thunder
        thunder  1 days back

        how to stop an epidemic?
        just ask greenland

        • Chiara Mattoli
          Chiara Mattoli  2 days back

          14:39
          WHO: aw sh-

          • Семён Маликов

            Nigeria has an argentine flag...

            • ICloudydust
              ICloudydust  3 days back

              How do we stop an epidemic? Well, Karen, the answer is simple:

              VACCINATE

              YOUR

              GOD-DAMNED

              KIDS

              • Chidiadi Agoh
                Chidiadi Agoh  3 days back

                9:51 the Nigerian flag is wrong -3-

                • Xtabs10
                  Xtabs10  3 days back

                  Ghe player did not pop the cure bubbles fast enought

                  • Dog
                    Dog  4 days back

                    Step 1: make a facility in Greenland to fight the epidemic
                    Step 2: you survive

                    • Matthew Murdock
                      Matthew Murdock  4 days back

                      Anti-Vaxxers: imma bout to end this man’s whole career

                      • ya boi Dilan
                        ya boi Dilan  4 days back

                        Goodness, the doctors are gonna love to know this

                        • naim islam
                          naim islam  4 days back

                          *Perfectly normal*
                          "Watches video*
                          "I have ebola".

                          • Anne* 411
                            Anne* 411  5 days back

                            EBOLA= Elite Better Off Left Alone. They dont plan on any of us stopping the epidemic once it starts

                            • HelloYou!
                              HelloYou!  5 days back

                              Medecins Sans Frontieres should be commended for the wonderful work they do. In the harshest regions, they are there trying to help.

                              • I Created An Account For This

                                Shut the gates!

                                • Bleach
                                  Bleach  6 days back

                                  fucking black people...

                                  • NotPickledLemon
                                    NotPickledLemon  6 days back

                                    Is no one gonna mention how one of the dead people of Ebola was called Fanta??

                                    • Caroline O'Brien
                                      Caroline O'Brien  6 days back

                                      0:52 can we just talk about the friends name was fanta?

                                      • Juanita Bennett
                                        Juanita Bennett  7 days back

                                        Ugandan Knuckles Is reaserting his dominance.

                                        • Alias Fakename
                                          Alias Fakename  1 weeks back

                                          Anyone else starting to think that africa is just a lost cause?

                                          • 12345 67890
                                            12345 67890  1 weeks back

                                            "They didn't trust medical staff"
                                            That was some medieval scapegoat level shit

                                            • Samuel Banks
                                              Samuel Banks  1 weeks back

                                              Airplane??

                                              • Xinyi Wang
                                                Xinyi Wang  1 weeks back

                                                7:00 of the video: all is well

                                                7:31 of the video: *SIKE*

                                                • WeinSim
                                                  WeinSim  1 weeks back

                                                  why does the narrator of wendover productions sound exactly like the narrotor from half as interesting?

                                                  • WeinSim
                                                    WeinSim  1 days back

                                                    @Vansh Sahota ahh really? didn't know that

                                                  • Vansh Sahota
                                                    Vansh Sahota  1 days back

                                                    WeinSim Cause that’s his second channel

                                                • Nicholas Stockman
                                                  Nicholas Stockman  1 weeks back

                                                  0:52 Now I Ain't Drinkin' Fanta Anymore

                                                  • Zero
                                                    Zero  1 weeks back

                                                    how to stop an epidemic? prevent a single outbreak sure, but conventional wisdom is that you dont, many ways you could minimize it but even insignificantly it only postpone the inevitable, but no way to actually fully stop it, think it as... when a epidemic hits its a both a mass dying and a human adaptation to the nature counter measure of self immunity take place, when the surviving people lives on they will have a immunity to the virus, and even recent research shows that vaccine for different disease can help the immune system to get certain amount of resistance to other diseases, theoretically it shouldn't happen but recent data show it does have certain effect, so we may fucked up our survival as a whole specie for keeping curtain diseases form ourselves, cuz if one thing that taught us is that you cant never fully contain all diseases, and even if you do it will just become a weapon for nation struggle and be unleashed when we are most vulnerable, and do what nature has in plan for us in the first place. The Aztec empire where wiped out not directly by Cortés military but by the plague brought there from Europe because the people was never exposed to such disease so their lack of exposure from their isolated ancestry assured their doom, fighting nature is a war you never win

                                                    • Khan 92983832
                                                      Khan 92983832  1 weeks back

                                                      Question:How to stop a epidemic



                                                      Wait a minute.
                                                      (Researchers play plague inc to see and conclude which procedures to contain the outbreak)
                                                      (Meanwhile, an outbreak happened in west africa)
                                                      (Researchers and medical staff discuss about how to stop that epidemic)
                                                      (*Sending planes filled with research teams to speeed up the cure or treatment*)


                                                      Wendover Productions:*Wait a minute thats illlegal.*

                                                      • CasualPrince
                                                        CasualPrince  2 weeks back

                                                        I thought these would be actual tips but instead I’ve watched a 16 minute documentary on Ebola. Don’t regret

                                                        • David Jarčík
                                                          David Jarčík  2 weeks back

                                                          Noone:


                                                          People of Guinea : hmmm, yummy BAT soup today for lunch

                                                        • Nickolas Don Hilcher
                                                          Nickolas Don Hilcher  2 weeks back

                                                          Bat soup

                                                          • Entety303 Does stuff
                                                            Entety303 Does stuff  2 weeks back

                                                            Why is the flag of nigeria the flag of Nicaragua

                                                            • Nega Framtid
                                                              Nega Framtid  2 weeks back

                                                              brussels airlines making up for the sins of the leopold ?

                                                              • Christian Vince
                                                                Christian Vince  2 weeks back

                                                                Greenland Bombs infected!

                                                                • FT_FR.KD
                                                                  FT_FR.KD  2 weeks back

                                                                  The Who?

                                                                  • Kevin Larsson
                                                                    Kevin Larsson  2 weeks back

                                                                    The actual reverse of Plague Doctors.


                                                                    Instead of the doctor spreading the virus and the patient dies, the doctor doesn't spread the virus but the patient dies :P

                                                                    • Justin Francisco
                                                                      Justin Francisco  2 weeks back

                                                                      Wendover i love your videos!

                                                                      • Rohan Jose
                                                                        Rohan Jose  3 weeks back

                                                                        They're from the government and their there to help! Fuck you Reagan

                                                                        • Maurice
                                                                          Maurice  3 weeks back

                                                                          @0:52 nooo please not fanta!!!! i love that drink!!

                                                                          • Gabe Fernandez
                                                                            Gabe Fernandez  3 weeks back

                                                                            9:49 Thats Nicaragua buddy not Nigeria

                                                                            • Andrew Siegel
                                                                              Andrew Siegel  3 weeks back

                                                                              7:39 10 IQ play

                                                                              • GemTV Africa
                                                                                GemTV Africa  3 weeks back

                                                                                why do the planes and travel lines look almost like ebola?

                                                                                • GemTV Africa
                                                                                  GemTV Africa  3 weeks back

                                                                                  why do the planes and travel lines look almost like ebola?

                                                                                  • 3xecutor3
                                                                                    3xecutor3  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I remember this outbreak vividly. I live about 90 miles from Atlanta and it was a little scary when a doctor and nurse who had contracted the disease were flown into ATL to be treated at Emory Medical Center. They both were recipients of an experimental cure and as far as I can remember they both made a full recovery. I still remember watching the live broadcast as the isolation ambulance was shown pulling up to the hospital and the infected surprisingly was able to walk in unassisted while wearing full containment gear.

                                                                                    • Jorge Macias
                                                                                      Jorge Macias  3 weeks back

                                                                                      It's the very least Belgians could do for the African people!

                                                                                      • u no
                                                                                        u no  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Guinea: *has one patient*
                                                                                        Greenland: I’m gonna do what’s called a pro gamer move

                                                                                        • boobio1
                                                                                          boobio1  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Ebola does spread thru the air.

                                                                                          • SadFace
                                                                                            SadFace  3 weeks back

                                                                                            I've seen another documentary of this that focused more on some of the failures of some of the relief efforts, particularly about WHO and how they were reluctant to upgrade the situation to a major outbreak status (it was probably the 3 month gap that you mentioned in the video) or how there was mishandling at an Ebola hospital that led to a lot of dead clinical staff. The clips you have here are quite tame because the documentary showed piles of bodies and countless clips of people dead on the side of the roads or in their cars because of the lack of space at treatment centers. It's quite a different experience, but nice to see the different takes on the same situation.

                                                                                            • Meester Writer
                                                                                              Meester Writer  3 weeks back

                                                                                              reasons for the outbreak:
                                                                                              1. mass distrust of medical personell, conspiracy theories
                                                                                              2. burial practices of washing and kissing dead bodies not being abandoned even in the face of overwhelming evidence
                                                                                              3. hospitals closing and sending infected people back to their communities
                                                                                              4. lack of governmental cooperation within infected companies
                                                                                              5. infected people leaving/escaping isolation due to above reasons
                                                                                              6. infected persons intentionally or unintentionally infecting workers by not following instructions