University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Global Health/ Public Health Emergencies


Vickie Beloy


In response to the public health emergencies of international concern, (Ebola 2014-2016 and COVID-19) the United States and the international community applied extensive measures to contain the spread of disease. Such measures included executing travel bans and travel restrictions to limit the free movement of people. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2016 28,652 people were infected causing 11,325 deaths in 10 countries. To date world wide there are 758,390,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6,859,093 deaths.

Intercontinental travel is a contributing factor in the spread of non-endemic diseases to new demographic regions. Evidence suggested that travel bans in its entirety may delay the arrival of disease in a country by weeks to months, but no evidence suggested restricting travel would eliminate the risk of disease entry into countries in its entirety.


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