EBOLA: Are You Scared or Prepared?

Ebola

Are you scared or prepared for an Ebola outbreak in your country?

We just read this in a post in our Newsfeed…

…For real [sh*t], though.
If Ebola makes it out of Texas I’m locking my family in my house with a years worth of food and no one leaves until it’s over.
Does that make me seem crazy?…

Ebola

This made us think a little about how people are viewing the outbreak of Ebola, and their knowledge of how it is spread, and we wondered. How would we react to an Ebola outbreak in our area, or if there was a larger concern, would we be prepared if something catastrophic happened? Good question.

As we all are very well aware, Ebola has made it out of Africa, and is now on [3] continents, and multiple countries across the globe. This thanks to lax security and a lack of quarantine in countries with infected people.

outbreak-distribution-map
Map from CDC website showing outbreak area.

It’s traveled across the Atlantic and is now in the United States. Texas, Nebraska, and Georgia.

Map of Ebola in USA - New York Times
Map of Ebola in USA – New York Times
Global Outbreak Map - World Health Organization
Global Outbreak Map – World Health Organization

How Is Ebola Transmitted?

“…When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus…” ~ CDC

EBOLA IS ONLY TRANSMITTED THROUGH BODILY FLUIDS

It’s important to note that people not panic, but it does bring up the question.

If there is a worse outbreak…

Are you scared or are you prepared?