Ebola: A Reminder

EbolaBy A. Page

Ebola is the latest virus taking the world by charge and with numerous sources reported diagnosed persons in the United States, its sure to be coming up in conversation. What makes Ebola so difficult to deal with is its symptoms, which are extremely similar to the flu. Headache, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness are all part of the horrifying package. Worse yet, is the fact that a person can be infected and contagious for a good degree of time before they begin to show signs and thus, infect many more on their daily commute. There is no vaccine or cure, and though they are trying to come up with one, you can’t always rely on pharmaceutical companies to get their acts together.

With a 55%  death rate, you’re more likely to die from Ebola than to survive it. Luckily, Ebola is not spread through the air and requires a person come in contact with infected bodily fluids (from both humans and animals). The easiest way to protect you and your family, is to improve your hygiene patterns.  As simple as that seems, we often forget to practice them.

Washing your hands is the first and foremost protective measure you can take.  Not just when your hands are dirty, but every chance you get, wash those hands!  Another thought is everyday objects you share contact with.  A lunchbox, the coffee maker, the microwave.  Whether in the workplace or at home, these things should be wiped with warm, soapy water regularly.  Never go near someone that is infected, and if someone in your home begins to show sudden symptoms, isolate them until you have the proper protective gear.  A face mask, latex or nitrile gloves, and aprons are a few local favorites that can keep the entire family from getting sick.

Though Ebola is devastating and reminds us of horror movies or thrillers, keeping yourself protected is relatively easy.  When outbreaks happen, its a good time to examine your health practices and improve them.  Vitamins, nutrients, healthcare and hygiene are your best defense if Ebola starts to take The United States by hold.