Learning the Ebola Handshake

A struggling business in Liberia provides a glimpse of the virus’s economic impact
Monroe Chicken employees offer greetings with elbow bumps to limit physical contact Photograph by Abbas Dulleh for Bloomberg Businessweek

Mazen Halabi sits in front of a spreadsheet tallying costs that have risen since the Ebola outbreak hit Monrovia in July. Halabi had plans to expand his business, Monroe Chicken, the only fast-food restaurant in the Liberian capital, and open a massive cafeteria-style eating hall serving both Liberian food and fried and grilled chicken. Those plans have been put on hold.

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