Anyone else concerned about traveling in light of the Ebola outbreak?

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK has to travel for work a few times in the coming months. He already hates to fly, and I am pretty sure ebola on a plane has sealed the deal that he will be requesting permission to drive or take the train instead of fly. Yes, it will take 13-15 hours each way per trip, but it will help his nerves immensely to avoid getting on an airplane.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

MadamePants:  You should definitely cancel your trip. Ebola is running rampant in the caribbean.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

MadamePants:  chill out.

lovekiss:  Total *facepalm* to your DH.  I hope you realize that the probability of death is much higher when driving than getting ebola on a plane.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

“Sticking to their story” ???? It’s fact. I think America is being overly cautious by checking on all the passengers. Plus, if they used the bathroom, people didn’t wash their hands, etc., there’s still a specific amount of time the disease is transferable through body fluids that may have ended up on the toilet seat and on your hands. I think it’s a few hours. 

Bring hand sanitizer, and don’t catch anyone’s sneeze with your mouth.  There have been… what? Two confirmed cases in the US? One person already recovered. How many people fly every day?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Atalanta:  Not a facepalm at all. Though your judgement is super duper helpful and appreciated. Thanks a bunch. 😉

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

lovekiss:  Really?  How many people have died of ebola?  How many have died in a car crash?  Go ahead google.

Not sure how this is being judgemental or anything , look at the numbers yourself.  I’m just using numbers not paranoia.  Try it sometime.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

The fact that you said the CDC is “sticking to their story” makes me think that you’re caught up in the media hype.

Look, ebola is bad. We need to make sure it’s contained. Protocols need to be enforced.

We do not need to panic.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Atalanta: You know what? You are absolutely correct that “Total *facepalm*” connotes absolutely no judgement whatsoever. How silly of me. Your implications clearly show that there’s a lot you do not know about the vulnerabilities of large gatherings, our current security systems, and our health system. Enjoy your bliss. It’s a lot happier over there.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t understand how knowing and understanding the statistics and science behind an issue is ignorance compared to giving into fear mongering from mainstream media.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Atalanta:  you’re right. 

MadamePants:  I personally would not dream of canceling your wedding in the Caribbean. The outbreak is in 3 West African countries. The people who have been infected in the US are health workers who have had close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected patient. 

Ebola is scary, but it’s really not a threat to the vast majority of us living anywhere outside of those 3 affected countries. Now, for the poor people living in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea — it’s a tragedy. But we don’t need to go around cancelling plans. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No. You should not worry. 

The odds of catching Ebola are so small. If you’re going to be a worry wort, there are many other things to be worried about. Your plane probably has a better chance of just falling out of the sky than you have of catching Ebola.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Nope not concered. Dallas was VERY unprepared for the patient, and didn’t take the proper protocols with hazardous material, which nurses work with daily. Even if you’re on a plane with someone with ebola, unless your gonna be playing in their pee, spit, poop, or blood, you’ll be fine. it’s not airborne. The Texas patient was with his family for 4 days after being sent home from the hospital after exhibiting symptoms and none of the them got ebola. Don’t buy into the media fearmongering.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

One of the reasons that ebola has spread so quickly in the nations where it is prominent is the lack of access to sanitation.  In the US, Canada, UK, Australia, etc—the major developed nations— there is easy access to clean running water, and many many ways to clean your hands and face when you don’t have access to running water. In other words, wash your hands frequently and you are probably not going to get ebola unless you are a health care worker or first responder directly in contact with an infected person. If you are worried about getting ebola on a plane, just take some hand sanitizer and you will be just fine.

Personally I am more worried about having a screaming baby on my flight, or a toddler kicking my seat all across the country, than I ever could be about ebola.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

 

stephncollins:  Yes, this. And IIRC, his family was also quarantined in the apt with all of his soiled bedsheets and what not and still didn’t contract it.

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