November 6, 2014

Ebola: Not That Big of an Issue

I might be stirring up some trouble this week with this discussion post but I would not be who I am, if I just didn't talk about it just because of the controversy.

I have sat around watching the stress levels of the average Joes go higher and higher due to this supposed outbreak and spread of Ebola.  I have a friend that went crazy when she had to go to the emergency room....she wore a mask and used sanitizer every 5 seconds and was making the person she was with do the same.

Thankful, my friend has a registered nurse over the other night and the topic of Ebola was brought up.  Ebola is NOT that contagious.  The nurse my friend and I talked to said that when you think about the spreading of Ebola think about it in the same way you do with AIDs.  AIDS is a bit difficult to spread; you have to exchange bodily fluids or have sex.  Well, with ebola, the way to spread it from one person to another through the exchange of bodily fluids or sex.

The nurse went on to say, it is the images that are broadcasted through the 'news' where people are dressed up in has-mat suits that makes it look a lot worse than what in really is.  She said that we they get the call about someone that has ebola, they are to expect the worse that way they are prepared.  The worse would be that the infected person is vomiting up blood and has uncontrollable diarrhea.  With this in mind, the professionals have to going get the person and help them move and a lot of the times that are holding the infected person up.  If they were no in their gear, the infected person could vomit on the professional and get some in the professional's mouth and spread it to that person.  Having the professional in their gear before helping the person, just saves time.  They don't want to go to the location in plain clothes, realize that the infected person is vomiting and has diarrhea because then they have to tell the person in need of help to hold of for at least an hour while they go back and get their gear on.

I don't tell you this conversation to make the issue of Ebola seem like a bunch of smoke and mirrors but it kind of is.  If you practice healthy steps, you will be okay and ebola-free.  Just washing your hands and the cuffs of your wrists thoroughly makes you at a better stance on remaining healthy.  As another side note, we as the people should not be worrying about Ebola sweeping the nation and killing off the population, it is other illnesses like the common cold and influenza that could kill off a great number of the population.  The nurse that I talked strongly suggested that we stop worrying about Ebola and focus on getting our flu shots up to date.

What are your thoughts?  Don't let me be the only one running on and on about my thoughts and conversation with the nurse.

-Rambling Holly

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