September 27th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

Chelsea Clinton on Ebola crisis

Fareed speaks with Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, about the threat posed by Ebola. Watch the full discussion this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

The CDC, the Center for Disease Control, has just put out a model, a simulation that says if we continue on our current trajectory, I think it's by the middle of 2015, we could have maybe 1.5 million people affected. Do you think that's true?

Not even by the middle of next year, by the middle of January of 2015. The case load in Liberia doubles every 15 to 20 days. The case load in Sierra Leone doubles every 30 to 40 days. So we're truly watching exponential growth, which is why we need to have an exponential acceleration in our coordinated efforts to combat Ebola, particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as in Guinea.

To build a little bit on what Paul was saying, I think if we look at both historical and contemporary examples, we see that that pace of Ebola case growth doesn't have to be. I mean, Uganda’s had five Ebola outbreaks in the last 14 years, none of which have become epidemics, because there's a strong health care system in place. There's a reason that there's been one isolated case in Senegal and it's been geographically contained in Nigeria, because there are more robust health systems in place.

So certainly our collective hope is that this is a call to action not only to combat Ebola, but to help these countries build their health care systems to better prevent the next Ebola case from becoming an epidemic and to better serve the needs of their populations more broadly.

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  1. Thomas

    maybe she should just be a mom for a while .

    September 28, 2014 at 12:11 am |
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      September 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm |
    • Vic

      Apparently, she is very in tune with developments in reproductive gene therapy

      December 16, 2014 at 2:31 am |
  2. indenpendentincc

    Chelsea is not too bright, apparently. If something doubles every x number of days, that's a linear progression (graphed y=mx +b where m represents the rate of growth or the constant slope of the graph). Exponential growth otoh occurs when something (like bacteria) grows at an increasing rate. An example of this would be y=x raised to the second power. In this case a population might double over an initial time period but it would increase by 4 times over the next equivalent time period and grow at 8 times the next time period, etc. Chelsea was a management consultant is a relatively recent college grad - it's pathetic that she doen't understand the difference between linear growth and exponential growth. By the way it could be that the ebola situation is growing exponentially in which case her statistics would are misleading as they suggest constant linear growth. Bonehead. Now we know why she left her real world job - she couldn't cut it.

    September 28, 2014 at 12:41 am |
    • indenpendentincc

      I think someone has been drinking too much . . .

      September 28, 2014 at 12:52 am |
      • stuart

        @ indenpendentincc. She was paid $600,000 a year. That's more than you make with your 65k a year nerd job.

        September 28, 2014 at 9:02 am |
      • stuart

        Staying home on your high school weekends with your calculus book paid off huh?
        Nerd !

        September 28, 2014 at 9:51 am |
    • RB

      Something that doubles every x number of days is indeed exponential growth. For instance, if something doubles every month, the value after x months will be y=2^x, not y=x^2 as you write. You look quite silly with the rest of your commentary there.

      September 28, 2014 at 9:14 am |
      • stuart

        Clash of the NERDS!
        Independentincc versus RB. Who is right? Who is wrong?
        Is it y = 2 x or y = x 2.
        Stay tunned for this developing story.

        September 28, 2014 at 9:57 am |
    • Alfred Segbe

      You need to thank her for introducing a pivotal point in this global discussion. Her statement was substantive. While I suspect that there is personal issue you may have with her let try to be an intellectual that welcomes the view of others.
      Mathematical interpolation alluded to by her alone can not be used to render judgement on her deliberations.
      Don't trivialized her discussion inject your views as well on this global epidemic.
      Cut that off

      September 30, 2014 at 7:28 am |
  3. gpurdum8

    Brilliant! Now we have a job for Obama after 2016! He can take his Obamacare to Liberia and end the Ebola epidemic. I mean, it's clear all they need is a better health care system, right? They also just might need clean water, better transportation systems, good food and a few other non-essentials. Oh well, her superflous comments got her another few lines in the press, mission accomplished.

    September 28, 2014 at 7:35 am |
  4. Chapman Darwin

    Y = mx + b
    Yes, I concur and certainly see a positive correlation between the Ebola virus and the number of victim's growth at such an exponential rate.

    September 28, 2014 at 8:55 am |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    To help Liberia, the USA could provide new infrastructure, healthy food, water, doctors, nurses (preferably NPs), staffed hospitals...the opportunities for our giving are almost endless.
    The USA's 1% could pay in increased taxes.
    What are the citizens of Liberia doing to help themselves?

    September 28, 2014 at 9:34 am |
  6. Mary

    Ebola is growing exponentially. Doubling every X days is definitely not linear growth.
    Let's say it doubles every day (for simpler math).
    Day 0-1 case
    Day 1-2 cases
    Day 2-4 cases
    Day 3-8 cases
    Day 4-16 cases
    This is not represented by y = mx + b. This is y = 2^x. It is exponential. And it is horrendous.

    September 28, 2014 at 10:08 am |
  7. Tunde Tijani

    The term,'exponential' used outside the classroom has a looser meaning; it simply gives drama and bite to any phenomenon deemed to be growing 'wildly'. The astute listener knows it could connote both a linear and an exponential growth.

    Chelsea was in a tv studio addressing the lay public and not in a guided lecture room at Stanford.
    So, let's cut her some slack..


    September 28, 2014 at 10:19 am |
    • rupert

      Yea. She was in an informal setting. Cut her some slack.

      September 28, 2014 at 10:36 am |
  8. stuart

    We have a winner!
    Envelope please.....
    And the winner is RB with y = 2^x.
    Many thanks to the scientific judge...Mary.

    September 28, 2014 at 10:30 am |
  9. banasy©


    September 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
  10. Oh my, another Clinton appears on the horizon!

    I vote for Chelsea to be our next President. just kidding.... 🙂

    September 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
  11. Oh my, another Clinton appears on the horizon!

    she can't add 2+2=4, but oh my, her mommy & daddy sent her to Oxford, to snag a PhD. Please don't ever let this spoiled brat anywhere near Washington DC.

    September 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
  12. George Alonzo Kamara

    What about the foreign affairs minister of Liberia interview? This man came in a criminal minor to defend the government of Liberia. In a sense that he accuse Liberian of showering their relative corpses and watching their faces with the water. This is a blank lies! This government has failed the Liberian people. Massive corruption are potential gain for madam ellen sirleaf and her buddies ministers. This is the time that the international communities speak to the true. Liberia is running on a dysfunctional government with Harvard most notorious world leadership.

    September 29, 2014 at 5:10 am |

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