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Should We Panic About Ebola?

It has definitely been a while since I made a post. I have been of course, busy with life itself, and my temporary 7 day work week schedule. I will talk more about some recent changes to the website at the end of this post.

Ebola outbreak has been the topic of all news channels lately, and internet media as well. I just returned from my local gas station, as I payed for my food the guy next to me was ranting about the current Ebola U.S infected people count. The current amount of infected people in the U.S right now is 1, in Texas. Keep in mind that I live in North Carolina, we are hundreds of miles away and yet here is this person semi-panicking. So the question arises, should we be worried even this far away from it?

First we must understand what Ebola is.

an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus ).

Notice how the definition specifically says that it’s spread through contact with bodily fluids, it’s not air-born. In order to transmit the decease via bodily fluids, you first have to start showing symptoms. Even though the virus grows within the body, it takes a high level of volume of it to appear in bodily fluids.

So let’s recap, the virus can only be spread if you touch someone’s body fluids, like blood. The decease will only spread if the symptoms are apparent, making it easier to contain from spreading.

How do you prevent from being infected?

  • Avoid direct contact with blood, saliva, vomit, urine and other bodily fluids of people with Ebola or unknown illnesses.
  • Avoid close contact with wild animals and avoid handling wild meat.
  • Know the symptoms of Ebola and avoid contact with people showing the symptoms.
  • Wash your hands!

Here is a relevant tweet.

https://twitter.com/SciencePorn/status/517657272726867969