You cannot turn on the TV or check social media lately without seeing news of the latest medical crisis to hit. Ebola: Should We Be Afraid? That is the question on many minds as we navigate what we had believed was a disease that would never touch our shores. With our first death in the United States as well as others falling ill, it has become an immediate concern for many, and we want to address those fears here.
EBOLA: SHOULD WE BE AFRAID?
The Facts: While Ebola has been diagnosed on American soil, that does not mean there is an epidemic here. We are in fact one of the safest countries to be in the midst of this crisis. We have modern medicine and cleanliness at our disposal, unlike the countries in Africa that are currently struggling with what is an epidemic.
- Only 1 death in United States. All other cases to date have been isolated and/or treated and cleared, as of the time of this writing.
- It is not airborne. While particles of saliva, bodily fluids, etc. are contagious that does not mean that it is airborne. The particles themselves will not travel endlessly through the air.
- We have standards of care in place that are much better than what is found in Liberia or Nigeria.
- CDC is working diligently to provide hospitals with a standard protocol.
How Can We Prevent It?
- Avoid contact with those effected.
- Avoid travel to the “hot zones” in Africa
- Be diligent in cleanliness in your home, office and with your own personal bodily functions. This disease is spread through bodily fluids. Sitting on the same park bench as an infected party is not going to infect you. Touching their bodily fluids and having those enter your blood stream can and will.
- Be aware of those you come in contact with and don’t hesitate to seek medical attention for any unusual symptoms.
While being safe is definitely recommended, it is not necessary to stockpile food, water or medical supplies at this point. Ebola is a safety concern, but it is far less likely to become an issue to you and your family than the influenza will be this year. By being safe, thinking things through and using basic common sense regarding health and cleanliness, you are going to protect yourself and your family from the possibility of infection not only from Ebola but many other illness floating around you. Good health, good sanitary practices and avoiding hot spots are your best bets for staying safe.
Does this help ease your fears about Ebola? Do you think it’s something we should be more afraid of?