In a handful of months, over 6,000 people in Africa have become infected with Ebola, leading to more than 3,000 deaths. Once contracted, this virus is pretty bad, given that it has about a 50% mortality rate. Even if you do survive, you risk brain damage, organ damage, and are going to have a long road to recovery. But how likely is it to spread?
It is scary to know that a person boarded a plane and came to the USA while infected with Ebola, but the odds are that he was not able to infect another person on that flight as he was not showing symptoms, which means he was not contagious yet. Once he did show signs of being sick, he could not have been in a better place.
In Africa, there is a lack of services such as clean water and medical facilities. Add that in with local customs that require the washing of the dead (usually without gloves or any other protection) and eating local animals, such as bats, that are known to carry the virus, and you can see why it has spread so much. In the United States and many other parts of the world, these issues can be avoided. Without direct contact with contaminated bodily fluids, the virus cannot spread. This gives the ability to avoid infection by simply using proper protective equipment, properly disposing of the dead, and using proper hygiene often.
To protect yourself from Ebola, avoid people who may be infected, wear protective clothing when needed, wash or use hand sanitizer after contact with others who may be sick (with anything, not just Ebola), and stop buying bush meat hunted in Africa. I know I have. Okay, so maybe you don’t buy their bush meat, but so far, it is not seen in animals that are consumed normally in the United States and I wanted to tell you not to eat something.
An Ebola pandemic is unlikely in a first world nation, but the news should monitored for additional victims, if vaccines become available, and if your area has any proximity to known Ebola victims. Just in case, however, emergency supplies should be on hand and your family should be informed of the risks of Ebola being in America.
In everyday life, the spread of this virus is unlikely. At risk are healthcare workers, people who handle the dead, and people living with the infected. In the States, healthcare workers have protocols to keep from spreading sickness and are better at protecting themselves from illness than local aid workers in Africa. It is a good idea to visit the Center for Disease Control’s website for more information and to put some of your fears to rest.
This is a very serious virus and should not be underestimated. However, this is a virus that can be controlled very easily in a nation that has an infrastructure such as ours, so long as we all do our part by staying hygienic and staying informed.
Another thing everyone should do is get a flu shot. I am normally not a big pusher for this shot for the healthy adult under 60 years old. Right now, however, by getting the flu shot, it reduces the odds that you get the flu. Since Ebola’s early symptoms are very flu like, this will help you to decide earlier on to seek medical care for such symptoms, knowing you are vaccinated against the flu. This is important because early detection of Ebola increases your odds of survival and reduces the odds of you spreading it to others. If you do fear you have Ebola and you seek medical care, notify the hospital you are going to, or the 911 dispatcher before the ambulance arrives. This allows healthcare workers to prepare properly and keep this virus from spreading.
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