A Huge Sigh of Relief on Health Care

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett writes that the life expectancy of Americans is lower than those living in some third-world countries and that the GOP health care bill would have decreased it even more by cutting funding to life-saving preventative care.

Read the full article on Published March 2017. 

Could Zika be the next HIV?

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett argues that the stalemate in Congress to fund Zika research places women at dire risk, especially given the CDC's recent announcement of the first documented female to male transmission of the virus in the United States. 

Read the full piece on Published July 2016. 

I’m Back From Liberia and Under a (Self-Imposed) Quarantine in Brooklyn

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Going from Monrovia, Liberia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell. But the hysteria that dominated America's view of Ebola and the open disdain for travelers from the hard-hit region that was the norm in the United States in late October have yielded to what seems a very rational, smart way of keeping track of returnees.

Read the full text on Published on November 19, 2014.

We Could Have Stopped This

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

When the most recent outbreak of Ebola began in March 2014, it could have been stopped with inexpensive, low-technology approaches. But the world largely ignored the unfolding epidemic. Now, the epidemic is skyrocketing because of this negligence. In this piece for, Laurie Garrett explains what the World Health Organization and the United Nations have not explained to date, and talks with Barbara Kerstiens, a former Doctors Without Borders volunteer who worked in the Kikwit epidemic in 1995, about lessons learned.

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Heartless but Effective: I've Seen 'Cordon Sanitaire' Work Against Ebola

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

The governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have escalated their counterattack on the Ebola virus, imposing cordons sanitaires aimed at isolating entire regions of their countries in hopes of containing the enemy. Although many in the media accuse these governments of being inhumane or overly severe, Laurie Garrett pulls from her experience in the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire to show that these dramatic steps can work.

Read the full post on The New Republic.

What Obama can do about Ebola

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett argues the United States needs to make long-term commitment to Ebola-struck nations, and President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit urgently needs to address the Ebola outbreak and plan for the worst if it hits populous Nigeria.

Read the full op-ed at CNN.


Chemical weapons are a nightmare for Syrians

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett explains what makes sarin gas dangerous to humans and reviews the chemical’s deadly history in this op-ed for CNN Opinion. She then discusses the potential political implications of sarin’s usage in Syria, concluding that “the Assad regime is playing with regional fire.”

Read the full text at CNN Opinion

The Middle East Plague Goes Global

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

There is a new, and dangerous, coronavirus taking hold in Saudi Arabia, just as six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from around the world. Without a more transparent international research and information-sharing system, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) could spread far beyond the bounds of the region for which it is named.

Read the full piece on Foreign Policy .