How To Protect Yourself From Ebola - Must Know
The Ebola virus mortality rate is now at an alarming number of 9,000 since the disease reappeared early this year. According to the WHO, this number may even reach an alarming 15,000 deaths before the end of 2014. Although not a global epidemic, the high virulence of Ebola has caused panic and distress not only to African nations, but to the rest of the world too! But when bad turns to worse and the Ebola spread onto other countries, here are tips that you can follow to protect yourself from the inevitable.
Avoid contact with bodily fluids of other people
This is a general safety precaution that a lot of us dismiss on a daily basis. This is especially true when dealing with closed people in our lives, when in fact we should be more cautious when interacting with them.it is relatively difficult for Ebola to be transmitted from one individual to the next. Improper handling of fluid typically result in definite infection.
Treat all cuts and abrasions accordingly
Since the Ebola virus are small in size when compared alongside bacterial infections, the virus can seep through cuts, wounds, and breaks on the skin. By treating and dressing wounds and covering them with gauze, band aid, or cloth, you are further reducing your likelihood of contracting Ebola disease.
Postpone flights headed to West Africa
Although the Ebola virus is not airborne or vector in nature, you can still get the disease easily if you’re not careful. A precaution that tourists need to understand is that certain countries in West Africa have an alarming rate incidence of Ebola. Stressing out during your trip to the Dominican Republic of Congo will only make your more susceptible to infection.
Do not engage in sex with possible Ebola carriers
Although it is unlikely to get Ebola via sexual intercourse, there are cases where Ebola virus remains in the semen up to 3 months after infection. You can certainly wait a month or two more to ensure that the Ebola virus has cleared up from all bodily fluids that you have.
Stress and reduced immune function are major culprits of easy transmission of disease in West Africa. Supplementing your diet with large doses of vitamins and minerals will help in stress management and boost immune function. You are less likely to contract Ebola virus, regardless of virulence if you are well nourished with large doses of vitamins and minerals in the body.
Take extra precaution when using public restrooms
If you live in West Africa or are currently visiting any of the Ebola-infested nations, it may be best to take extra precaution when using public toilets. If possible, you may want to do your business in a private rest room to eliminate chances of transmission.
Report possible Ebola virus infection to health authorities
If you suspect that you have contracted the disease or someone you know have been showing classic Ebola virus symptoms, it is recommended that you report these right away. In this manner, the further spread of Ebola is successfully stopped, thus ensuring you and the rest of the community remain Ebola-free.
Do not panic
The Ebola outbreak is isolated in a few countries within Africa. Although there are cases of Ebola patients in the United States and in some parts of Europe, all of these originated from Africa. As health care and treatment options are far more accessible and advanced in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, the chances of Ebola virus spreading like wildfire across the planet is highly unlikely.