EBOLA HYPE: NO, YOU WON'T GET EBOLA!
Another year, another VIRUS HYPE! Lets count how many VIRAL OUTBREAKS should have killed off America and the World by now:
1. Hanta Virus - Didn't happen as hyped by media
2. AIDS- Happened but controlled
3. Bird Flu- Didn't happen as hyped by media
4. Swine Flu- Happened mildly, but was not nearly the disease everyone feared
5. Every new strain of Flu- Gets hyped by media every flu season... rarely a problem
6. Lassa Virus- Bad virus, but hardly an Epidemic
7. Smallpox- Oldie but a Goodie... not a current problem
GUESS WHAT!!!!?? You are reading this... which means one thing... you have been FAILED by the media once again, into believing the END OF THE WORLD is coming due to the next PANDEMIC.... this time: EBOLA!!!
Fear not my bug-weary friends, EBOLA VIRUS (and the 5 strains of it) are NOT going to kill the planet off! I can tell you WHAT WILL kill us off, but more on that in a minute... we need to clear the air right now about Ebola Virus, what it is, what it isn't, who will get it, and who won't. Also, important to note, EBOLA HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1976!!! (Source: Ebola Outbreak Table Since 1976 )
KEEP IN MIND... when you see high "mortality rates" of 70%-90% that is of those persons who contracted the disease in countries with poor medical diagnostics and treatment, as well as the fact that even if 500 people died, it would still be a SMALL FRACTION of the population overall (500 out of say 36Million in Uganda is still ONLY 0.0013% of the population!). That means dying from a car crash, plane crash, getting hit by lightning three times, falling down an elevator shaft are still more likely to cause your death than Ebola!
I will use information from the CDC and WHO (since that is where 99.99% of people believe those are legitimate sources, and they are for the most part) to outline, very simply, your ACTUAL RISK for contracting EBOLA or any of the 5 variants of it:
From the CDC Frequently Asked Questions on Ebola (Updated August 1, 2014)
Where is Ebola?
The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.
How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.
Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.
Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.
Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.
Q: Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?
What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.
What is CDC doing in the U.S.?
On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.
What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the U.S. for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?
CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process -- from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.
What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?
On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.
BOTTOM LINE: Unless you have traveled to the locations where Ebola is located, have come in contacted with infected Monkey, Chimpanzee, Ape or Fruit Bad blood or body fluids AND you have an open wound where those fluids can enter your bloodstream, OR you have had sex with someone with ebola, OR you share needles with someone who has Ebola.... YOU CAN NOT GET EBOLA!!!! It's that simple. (Source: CDC Ebola Facts )
NOW.... since every social media site, forum, news agency and youtube channel is promoting and hyping the DEATH OF THE WORLD POPULATION from Ebola, I am sorry to say I am here to BURST that bubble. It is NOT going to happen.
The method of transmission is very difficult to get. You have to have conditions JUST RIGHT to contract Ebola (or one of the 5 viral strains that cause Hemorrhagic Fever illnesses); You must be IN DIRECT CONTACT with a contaminated person/animal, must be in contact with that animal/person's body fluids (vomit, diarrhea, saliva, semen, urine, blood), you must have a way for that fluid to enter into you (either via a contaminated needle, unprotected sex, or an open wound that you have exposed to blood/body fluids of the contaminated person/animal). Do you know what the actual chances of that are in the United States???? NEXT TO ZERO PERCENT! It's NOT airborne... you don't catch it from a cough. But if you happen to be concerned because you were recently on a flight, take a look here regarding AIR TRAVEL.
I hope this clears things up for all of you who FEAR EBOLA... it's a waste of energy, time and fear. There are no US reported cases... the two being flown in to Atlanta are going to the CDC in Emory Medical Center that is fully equipped and prepared for such infectious diseases, has negative-pressure rooms, positive pressure protective equipment, UltraViolet lighting to kill pathogens as well as advanced treatment techniques. This is the best place for the US citizens who require treatment. And in fact, I would have NO PROBLEM going there myself to assist with their treatment. I have been exposed to pathogens like Ebola, including highly contagious Bacterial and Viral Meningitis, HIV, Lassa Virus, Hanta Virus, and all forms of influenza... and I am still here. Think smart... act smart. Wash your hands frequently. Keep your hands away from your face. Stay AWAY from people coughing and sneezing. Stay away from dead animals. Stay away from body fluids/blood unless absolutely necessary to save a life. Wash your hands obsessively (can't be stated enough). Don't eat raw meats or raw milk.
If on the outside chance, someone is symptomatic of Ebola (again, not likely), call the ER and let them know their symptoms, and bring them to the ER... but call ahead so the ER can prepare a negative pressure room. (Source: Ebola Fact Sheet from the CDC )
If you read this far, then you NEED to read our next article, regarding WHAT WILL KILL US OFF IF WE DON'T ACT QUICKLY! Click the link, then get ready to be angry...