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Visualizing human resources in the fight against Ebola

There’s been a lot in the news about the US Ebola cases, most recently the case diagnosed in New York City. Reading through my morning RSS feed, this powerful use of an icon matrix from “Why Ebola is less deadly in America than in Africa?” struck me as one of the best ways of visualizing a primary reason why we should be less worried about Ebola in the US and focus on the countries, with already fragile health systems before the virus attacked, hardest hit by this outbreak.

The visual comparison of doctors per 100,000 population says more than any long paragraph about robust health systems or the importance of training medical professionals (though both would likely be packed with potent information). No fancy colors or long winded text: just a simple, well-designed visual showing the staggering disparity in the availability of health workers to fight the deadly virus.

Kudos to Vox for their great design!

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