As a way to understand the deadliness and spread of Ebola, the Washington Post runs a simplified simulation of how long it’s likely to take for the virus to infect 100 unvaccinated people. The simulation runs alongside several other diseases for comparison, which provides the main takeaway: Ebola is much more deadly than the other listed diseases, but it spreads much slower.
Ebola spreading, a simulation
Life expectancy changes
The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.