Ebola – We Can Stop This Virus
Ebola – it is scary. The fatality rate of the outbreak in West Africa is 71%. Recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people will be infected by January in Africa if something isn’t done. The number is wide because they believe there is a huge under-reporting of the current number of infected people.
And with the first diagnosis of an infected individual in the United States, the panic is ramping up on the internet and social media.
But do you know that more than scary, I find this devastatingly sad.
Ebola can be controlled.
It is not like flu. It does not fly through the air on aerosols. You have to have direct contact with the bodily fluids from an infected person to become infected.
It is not contagious until a person shows symptoms. There are no hidden carriers walking around spreading it before they know they are sick.
Education, adequate facilities and proper personal protection is what is needed to stop this virus.
But these are woefully inadequate in Africa.
As I have mentioned before, the hospitals were unprepared for the initial outbreak and didn’t know what they were dealing with. They didn’t know how to recognize the symptoms or how to properly contain the virus.
The general population, in addition to health care workers, needs to be educated People are afraid to go to clinics. They think that Ebola is brought by Westerners, or it is a punishment for sin. Or, they refuse to comply because they say there is no cure, so what is the point in going in for treatment. They don’t understand that containment is key and they continue to handle and bury Ebola victims. Until they understand how the virus is spread and learn to trust health care experts, they virus won’t be contained.
Facilities and personal protection.
Health care workers who are trained and know how to avoid becoming infected are getting sick. How could this happen?
Facilities are overwhelmed by the number of patients and they don’t have the proper equipment to deal with this virus. For example, Liberia has 300-400 beds for treating Ebola victims, but needs at least 2000.
There is a desperate need for help. Take the time to watch this video (ad and all), courtesy of CNN, about one of the newest Ebola clinics:
This is a World Health Organization facility! And people are left lying on the ground naked.
At home I vent to Spouse about how this shouldn’t be happening. He asks where the money is going to come from. I don’t care.
The world came together to eradicate smallpox. We can stop Ebola. We can do this.
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