Should I be worried about Ebola?
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected(WebMD).
As most of you know, Ebola has had the top spot in the news lately. It is a serious sickness that has Americans, and the world, on high alert. The virus is very prevalent in Africa, and as of late, has be brought to the United States. If you don't know, here are some symptoms of the Ebola virus:
- High Fever
- Joint and Muscle Aces
- Sore Throat
- Stomach Pain
- Lack of appetite
These symptoms can show up as early as two days after infection, and up to 21 days after contracted. Although the symptoms are comparable to the common cold, or even the flu, the virus isn't as contagious. Although it is contagious, it requires the exchange of bodily fluid in order to be transferred. Bodily fluids include:
- Mucus from the nose or lungs
- Breast milk
How Do I Protect Myself?
Blood and body fluid precautions involve the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection. These reduce the risk of exposing the skin or mucous membranes to potentially infectious fluids. Health care workers should always use protective barriers to protect themselves from exposure to another person's blood or body fluids(WebMD).
Here are steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands frequently. When we say frequently, we mean ALL THE TIME.
- Always wear gloves when in contact with any type of bodily fluid, such as blood or mucus.
- Wear glasses and a mask when coming into contact with bodily fluid, as well.
- DISINFECT EVERYTHING. Go around your house, workplace, and anywhere you frequent, and treat all surfaces with the appropriate disinfectant.
- Be sure not to touch your face until you make sure your hands are clean. Even if your hands look clean, they are not. At least use hand sanitizer when antibacterial soap and water are not available.
- DON'T FORGET TO DISINFECT YOUR CAR. Steering wheel, audio controls, EVERYTHING. You can never be too careful.
- See your cell phone? DISINFECT THAT TOO. Be sure to spray the disinfectant on a clean cloth, and NOT directly onto the phone. (*Disclaimer: We are not responsible for incorrect treatment of cell phone disinfecting resulting in malfunction, or any other result from improper care)
- Don't forget about your keyboard and mouse. They can harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat. (*Disclaimer: Refer to above for proper treatment techniques)
- Did we mention washing your hands? Yeah. WASH THEM.
Ebola can be a scary thing, but taking these preventative measures will drastically reduce your chances of contracting the virus. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding cleaning products, disinfectants, and soap that we recommend using.
Oh and one more thing. WASH YOUR HANDS.