The Scorecard That Makes it Easier to Fight Ebola

The tool calculates the severity of an ebola case and could save lives if the epidemic returns.
A Doctors Without Borders health worker carries a child suspected of having Ebola in October 5, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. A new scoring system that calculates the severity of an Ebola case could help fight outbreaks and save lives.
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As a scientist collecting data during the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2015, Mary-Anne Hartley watched doctors agonize about which patients among the hundreds to treat first. “How do you know who will deteriorate the fastest?” says Hartley. “You need an objective measure to decide.”


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