October 24, 2014 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #614012mddMember
The health officials are lying! One can get it just by being next to a sick person.If a person who has it sneezes and the droplets get into someone else’s eyes, that person can get sick. If someone with a mini wound touches the droplets on a surface, he can get sick. And, btw, if it is so hard to get it, why do the nurses have to wear such heavy-duty protective suits?October 24, 2014 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #1036905Avram in MDParticipant
Note that in the Dallas case, none of the family members caring for Mr. Duncan became infected, nor did the emergency responders. Although your scenarios are not impossible, they are improbable.
1. I don’t think that coughing and sneezing are primary symptoms of Ebola. Someone hacking away behind you on the bus probably doesn’t have Ebola, but may give you a cold or the flu.
2. It seems that Ebola becomes increasingly contagious as the infected person becomes sicker. Except for Mr. Duncan, every Ebola patient in the U.S. so far has been isolated very quickly following the onset of symptoms.
3. Nurses are much more likely to come into contact with bodily fluids during the course of their work than others. Taking specimens or cleaning up after an Ebola patient is much, much riskier than simply being near him/her.
I’m not meaning to say that there is no cause for concern, there certainly is, but I don’t think it’s accurate or a good idea to proclaim that our “health officials” are lying to us.October 24, 2014 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm #1036906goofusParticipant
Just like they are lying about MBP.October 24, 2014 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #1036907Sam2Participant
What Avram said. And ebola lives on solid surfaces for a very short period of time. 2 hours at most. I’m not advocating going near ebola patients, but unless they’re in the later stages it’s not so easy to contract.
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