Post # 1
As someone who is actually keeping up with what is going on with the ebola outbreak since Janurary (prior to it making the big headlines) I’m getting pretty sick of the scare tactics in the media, espeically now that there is a case in the US. Even with a case in the US, the likelyhood of catching it is slim to none here. There was an “expert” on the news this morning who was not a doctor or an epidemiologist and they were treating what he said as fact when he was talking about the potential spread of the disease. This guy was a security consultant, with a background in airline security, which has NOTHING to do with infectous diseases. I wanted to scream at the TV. The likelyhood of an actual outbreak is slim to none.
Fact; Ebola is only transmitted by coming into close (touching) contact with someone’s bodily fluids. America’s sanitation standards does not allow this to happen. The fact that we have proper sanitation and hygene means that we don’t come into contact with people’s bodily fluids in the ways that people in Africa does.
Fact; You have to be symptomatic to spread this strain of Ebola. This means, you need to have a fever. The man when he got on the plane did not have a fever, so could not have spread it on the plane. Airlines in the three infected countries require temputures taken of all passengers.
Fact; No one can name a disease that crossed the species barrier and then became respiratory spread. AIDS has been in humans since at least the 1930s and has not figured out how to spread respiratory. What this means is that you won’t catch ebola from being on a flight with them, being in a car with them, or even having them sneeze directly on you.
Fact; Out of the known strains of ebola, only one was spread respitory, and it only infected monkeys. People where cutting these monkeys open on a regular basis, and touching everything, cleaning up after them with no extra protectiv gear, and this strain did not cross into humans. This is NOT the same strain that is currently in West Africa.
Fact; While there are three countries with MAJOR outbreaks, and we should be helping them, there have been two other African countries with outbreaks of the same strain that were stopped within three months. The three countries with terrible outbreaks have poor government controls and vast mistrust of all officials. This allows people who have the disease to fall through the cracks and effect more people. Everyone who the man in the US came in contact with while he was sick has been contacted and will be monitored.
The conclusion is that unless you have close contact with the boidly fluids of someone who has a fever and has been to one of three West African countries within the last 22 days, you are not going to catch Ebola.
Post # 3
I am in the same camp as you! I also read that one of the reasons it has spread so bad in Africa is because of the way African people dispose of their dead, and their religious practices surrounding that, so they come in direct contact with bodily fluids of people who have died from the disease.
I really hate the news, they blow everything out of proportion.
Post # 4
Also, in the same period Ebola has been active in those countries, more people have died of Malaria in those countries than have died of Ebola. No one is saying we suddenly have a malaria crisis. Those countries have a healthcare crises with not enough healthcare workers without enough training and vast public mistrust.
Post # 5
You mean you guys aren’t wading through pools of poop for funsies? Oh…
Seriously, people need to STFU about it. My MIL is convinced we’re all getting ebola and that it’s somehow Obamas fault. Family dinners are so much fun.
Post # 6
Thank you! Although “having them sneeze directly on you” might actually spread it, since there might be bodily fluids involved… The news just crack me up sometimes. Remember when the Malaysia flight 370 disapperead? CNN was seriously entertaining the notion that there was a black hole. I feel bad for people who believe everything they are told and get caught up in the media circus.
Post # 7
Fact: People do not always follow proper sanitation methods. One only has to use the restroom in my office to see women who are “seat to door”. No washing of hands. And I just sat on that seat. Just like hepatitis. Do you trust all the people cooking your food or washing your dishes in restaurants to wash their hands after they potty? I don’t. Is it less likely we will get it? Yes. Is it possible? Yes.
Post # 9
RedHeadKel: That slight amount of contact will not spread ebola. Ebola is what is called a “weak” disease, which means it does not last very long outside of the body. So someone using the restroom, and getting the little bit on their hand, by the time they touch something that you will touch, or by the time you touched something they touched, the disease will be “dead.” Now if someone completely missed the toilet and you were in charge of cleaning that up, that could spread it.
tinkks: It would have to be pretty direct hit. Like two inches away into your mouth direct hit.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Misswhowedding: Actually Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin was the first scientist to have his publication on H5N1 censored because he was able to get the virus to jump species barriers and become airborne. It’s a very, very interesting and at the same time disturbing paper to read, and ground breaking due to the fact that the methodology section has huge pieces omitted in efforts to prevent bioterrorism.
Anyways, I agree with everything else you said about ebola. I read Hot Zone way back in the day so in the back of my mind I’m always a little paranoid. I just worry for those that are immunocompromised like my mother and grandparents, and of course littel babies.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Misswhowedding: Thank you! I live in Dallas where the patient diagnosed with Ebola is. People are freaking out. I have a cold right now and people are acting like I have Ebola. One coworker actually told me I should be home in case it’s Ebola. I don’t even have a fever. It is ridiculous. Ebola is NOT a threat to a first world country. Obviously we should all be diligent about washing our hands, but there is no need for lock down or scare tactics.
Post # 12
Misswhowedding: Ebola can live for several hours outside the body. So, yes, if you touch something within hours of an infected person touching it and then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose you can get it. As far as sneezing or coughing goes, if someone sneezes or coughs on you and their saliva or mucus comes in contact with your eyes, mouth, or nose you can contract the virus. That obviously isn’t a likely situation but it can occur.
Post # 13
All of that is true, however, as a public health student…
The fact the man was presenting with symptoms… told a nurse where he was from and that he had been in the area where the outbreak was occurring… and sent home with antibiotics (for a “low-grade VIRAL infection” by the way)… is very scary and a complete no-no for a first-world nation with advanced medical knowledge and training. This should have never happened.
There’s also a difference between aerosol and airborne transmission.
Post # 14
FutureDrAtkins: Was that two seperate occurances or one? Meaning did it cross the spiecies barrier and then go airborn? Also, if I’m not mistaken, that was manipulated, and not natural (meaning he did in a lab) I guess I should have claified my point that I at least didn’t believe there was a natural occurance of a speicies jump turning into an airborn disease.
Post # 15
I’m skeeved out just reading all the replies about people directly sneezing on other people. Bleh