Ebola Virus: I have no FRIENDS no soon do I meet them and they’re gone. Death: I’m Still here… Caption: Like the Ebola virus & Death, some Relationships are Toxic!Mental Health Humor Cartoons: All rights reserved ©Chato B. Stewart 2014.
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As the deadly Ebola outbreak devastates West Africa, it is ever more clear the relationship between the Ebola virus and death. It is unmistakable with now over 4000 infected deaths and over 8000 confirmed infected, you can see why the hysteria may be unequivocally warranted. This “2014 Ebola outbreak, nearly all of the cases of Ebola virus disease are a result of human-to-human transmission.” Many were health workers who were infected trying to help and console those that were infected. The compassionate dying because of compassion! Yes, this friendship death has with the Ebola virus is toxic indeed. It is one relationship that needs to be dissolved immediately.
The estimated mortality rate is 50% of individuals infected with the virus…Although, in some areas, WHO reports of fatality cases as low as 25% and as high as 90%. In short: if you get the virus, it is life-threatening. And you have a high percentage /chance that you will…If you live in Africa or some other Third World country.
Here in the United States or in other developed countries having better access to stronger antibiotics in ample amount, it seems reasonable to believe that the Ebola virus would not spread quickly in larger populations or in cities around the world. Are we suffering from an “Ebola of virus hysteria”…a new topic of trepidation or is Ebola something to really be concerned about?
Recently, I got a email that had an interesting quote I wanted to share:
As the nation grapples with its first cases of Ebola transmitted in the U.S., a new Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds that personal worry about Ebola is reasonably high, with 45% of the public saying they are worried that they or a family member will contract the disease. But most Americans (73%) say it is more likely that Ebola will be contained to a small number of cases in the U.S., compared to two in ten (22%) who say it is more likely there will be a widespread outbreak. (A must read: Kaiser Health Policy News Index: Special Focus On Ebola)
I found it interesting that 45% don’t worry about the Ebola virus. Yet, the mortality rate of the infected is 50%. Those surviving the Ebola virus (from what I’ve read) can carry the disease in their fluids, blood, semen, feces for seven weeks after. So, in essence, someone could survive infection and for seven weeks after treatment still make others sick and not even know it.
How To Survive The Ebola Virus Hysteria
This once African and Third World disease is now mainstream. What are some key facts about the Ebola virus that we should know?
First and foremost, don’t panic! Don’t get caught up in the hysteria, the Ebola virus like all other viruses needs to run its course. Worst case scenario: there are some in your area sick. Hygiene and limit contact with anyone sick. Preventative measures such as proper hand washing with water mixed with bleach is important. One of the key and most important factors that we can do is: stay healthy. Keeping our immune system strong, eating right, avoiding junk food, can help boost our immune system. That way if exposed, to Ebola, your body has a stronger chance of surviving.
Really, it’s not like someone with Ebola Virus could ever get on a plane. Hell, I can’t even get through Airport/Transportation Security’s full body millimeter-wave scanners – you know the one that you stand in the tube without your shoes, belt or dignity. Then the thing spins around…Ya, if I sweat, it triggers a false alarm ever time!!! So, I know Ebola Virus could never get on a p..l..a…n…e Oh! Wait.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- The incubation period from time of infection to symptoms is 2 to 21 days.
- Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation.
- Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralise the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under development.
- There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.
- Reducing the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of their raw meat. Animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing. Animal products (blood and meat) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
- Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission from direct or close contact with people with Ebola symptoms, particularly with their bodily fluids. Gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill patients at home. Regular hand washing is required after visiting patients in hospital, as well as after taking care of patients at home.
- Outbreak containment measures including prompt and safe burial of the dead, identifying people who may have been in contact with someone infected with Ebola, monitoring the health of contacts for 21 days, the importance of separating the healthy from the sick to prevent further spread, the importance of good hygiene and maintaining a clean environment. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/