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On Plague and Ebola in a Time of COVID-19

Cormac Ó Gráda ()

No 202022, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: The global COVID-19 pandemic recalls the Ebola epidemic of 2014-15 and earlier much more lethal plague epidemics. All share several characteristics, even though the second and third plague epidemics dwarfed the both the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak and COVID-19 in terms of mortality. This essay reviews the mortality due to Ebola and plague and their lethality; the spatial and socioeconomic dimensions of plague mortality; the role of public action in containing the two diseases; and their economic impact.

Keywords: Plague; Mortality; Health; Economic history; COVID-19; Coronavirus (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 N (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2020-08
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