Ebola Misinformation makes me angry (slight spin off)

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Unfathomably.
Post # 5
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Busy bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Misswhowedding:  

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 # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Thank you for this!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
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Buzzing bee
  • 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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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 # 15
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Buzzing bee

I’m skeeved out just reading all the replies about people directly sneezing on other people. Bleh

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