Data as Absolutely Key

It was data — the data showing that suspected cases were doubling every three weeks—that made me realize how big the Ebola crisis was. It was also data — the data showing that confirmed cases were now falling—that showed me that what was being done to fight it was working. Data was absolutely key. And because it will be key in the future too, when there is another outbreak somewhere, it is crucial to protect its credibility and the credibility of those who produce it. Data must be used to tell the truth, not to call to action, no matter how noble the intentions.