I have received a lot of questions about Ebola information and my thoughts around the Ebola Epidemic and I found it best to sit down and write an article about it.
I would, however, make it painfully clear that I am in no way an expert on the field, but what I can do is to clarify what the Ebola epidemic is and how we should act accordingly.
So I have researched a lot and compiled this along with my knowledge into this article about Ebola information. Hope that it will answer some of your questions, and if you find it helpful in any way that you will share it with your friends and family.
What is Ebola?
Before we start making any rash decisions and buy every product out there to protect us from Ebola, we need to get the correct Ebola information and figure out what we are up against. So what is Ebola?
Well, Ebola is a virus that attacks humans and other primates. If you get the virus signs will start to appear somewhere between two days and three weeks. The signs are fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.
After this, you will have vomiting, rash, and diarrhea before the liver and kidney starts to fail. Bleeding may also occur, both internally and externally. Death rates are about 50% and happen somewhere around six to sixteen days after the symptoms start.
How does Ebola spread?
Great question! The Ebola virus does not spread through the air as many people would have you believe, this Ebola information has never been documented and is more likely just propaganda.
It spreads through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids. And in some cases from direct contact with surfaces that an infected person has touched. So you can put your mind to rest that this will spread like wildfire and infect us all. That is just not likely.
So why does it spread then?
What one of the biggest problems medical personnel has faced in this epidemic is containment due to lack of funds. The medicine is very costly, they do not have enough staff, and they operate in a different part of the world where the same systems are just not in place when it comes to a crisis like this. The media, in my opinion, have done a great job, and that is giving you the Ebola information that sells. What sells is big headlines, and scaring people. I do not believe we face a global problem here, but that there is a small group that suffers every day because of this and we need to support the ones that journey down there to help. Unfortunately, this does not sell the newspapers.
The media, in my opinion, have done a great job, and that is giving you the Ebola information that sells. What sells is big headlines, and scaring people. I do not believe we face a global problem here, but that there is a small group that suffers everyday because of this and we need to support the ones that journey down there to help. Unfortunately, this does not sell the newspapers.
But I want advice on how to prepare myself!
Sure you do, and that is very vise. You should always strive to be prepared for everything, and Ebola is no exception. There are some things that you should do if you are exposed to something like this.
- Early detection. If you or someone around you detects symptoms of Ebola. You need to alert the authorities as soon as possible so that the right steps are secured. You need to seek out Ebola information and know what to look for.
- Wear protective clothing. Use protective clothing, gloves, masks, etc. You do not have to go overboard and travel by the subway in a bubble. But show extra caution, that’s all.
- Cook your food thoroughly. Make sure you cook your food thoroughly so that you minimize chances of the virus spreading to you.
- Personal hygiene. Wash your hands and face if you suspect you have been around someone that carried the disease.
- Objects from people with the disease should be handled with care!
- Bodies of people should be buried of cremated as soon as possible after death. This is to ensure further contamination.
What is the treatment?
Tough question. from the Ebola information that I can find there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus. But there are something you can do to improve chances of survival:
- Re-hydration Therapy. Give slightly sweetened and salted water to drink.
- Mend to symptoms the patient has.
This is a nasty disease and hopefully, no one else needs to suffer from this epidemic. The Ebola information is getting out there, just make sure you spread the right one, and that you are not scaring people, but help them understand and to be prepared.
We had one case in Norway just recently, a doctor that was volunteering in Africa was unfortunate to get contaminated and was transported back to Norway. After excellent medical care, she pulled through! Unfortunately almost no one that gets the disease gets the opportunity to get help in a country like Norway, and so their chances decrease.
The ongoing outbreak has taken over 5000 lives in Africa, around 14 000 have been infected. Help spread the word of how to be prepared with the correct Ebola information. And just remember that the lack of water in Africa kills 3 400 000 people every year.
Consider heading over to Water.org and donate to a great cause!