Ebola has infiltrated America. Fact. We are sending soldiers to Ebola-infected environments. Very upsetting fact. There are terrorist groups around the world who would love nothing more than contracting Ebola and flying here to infect as many people as they can. Possibly? More like when.
Going into the winter season is an especially dangerous time for Ebola to come here. The first symptoms of Ebola are very similar to the flu, so many people who have contracted it try to treat it with Vitamin C and other immune boosters, which do not help to contain or kill the virus.
If you are in an active Ebola area, or near large military bases, consider taking these precautionary actions:
1. Wear Latex gloves. They claim you only get it through contact with the person or their bodily fluids. But one needs to consider the amount of saliva that sneezes contain. Even if the carrier covers their mouth when they sneeze, the saliva would get on their hands and be passed into any object they touch. Think elevator buttons, door knobs, bathroom sinks, gas pumps, railings, and even “snail” mail.
2. Bake your mail. Don’t burn it up though! First, remember to pick up the mail wearing your latex gloves. Then place the mail on a cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 1 hour at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Consider this: If just one person contracts it who works for the Post Office, there’s a chance the virus is on the paper being brought into your house. Bake it. Don’t take a chance.
3. Avoid street barf. I know, I probably don’t even need to mention that. But also make sure YOUR PETS avoid it too. Any excrement that leaves the body should be considered a carrier for the disease. This includes tears, semen, saliva, blood, barf, snot, and urine. Don’t touch it, just don’t.
4. Bleach is your best friend. Bleach anything that has been touched by a person who has the possibility of being infected, or anything that gets used by a lot of people. WHO suggests cleaning up blood and barf with a 1:10 dilution of water to bleach for 10 minutes. Source.
5. Consider a facemask. You don’t want this stuff to be inhaled, and with the rise of Ebola, if someone sneezes and you see the saliva and dust fly across the room, you now have just reason to give them the most evilest stink eye you can conjure.
6. Eye protection. This can range from being as subtle as sunglasses or safety glasses, to as obvious as a vintage gas mask. Whichever you feel necessary for your local environment.
7. Don’t touch your face! Don’t rub your eyes with your fingers or gloves, don’t lick your fingers, don’t kiss a stranger. Just don’t do it. Do wash your hands a lot. If you can’t remember the last time you washed your hands, you should probably go do that now.
8. Don’t eat bushmeat or raw meat. This mostly targets bat, cat, and monkey, which are not commonly associated with the North American diet. But make sure your meat is cooked, not raw.
9. Get a good does of Vitamin K in your system, immediately. Cabbage, spinach, broccoli, and Vitamin K supplements are good sources. Most cases of Ebola have internal or external bleeding and the carrier dies from blood loss. Vitamin K helps minimize blood loss.
10. Most importantly, avoid contact with people and animals. Especially avoid crowded, highly used areas. This includes the bodies of someone/something who has died from Ebola.
Summary: Eat healthy. Stay in good physical condition. Have plenty of fluids and Vitamin K in your system. Stranger danger. Read a quick Ebola factsheet here.
Remember, Ebola has about 21 days per cycle. If you don’t have it within 21 days of contact with an infected person, congratulations, you won’t get it from that person. This virus is not new, and we can stop it from spreading.
This is a list of actions I will take if Ebola comes to my area, compiled by research and asking questions to knowledgeable people. Please add anything you might do, will do, or have done to stay healthy.
Thank you for reading.