Outbreak (1995). Hopefully we won’t need to walk around like this… yet. Photo courtesy of Google images.
If you’ve been conscious these last few months you’ve probably heard something everyday related to the Ebola virus. Naturally, anything that poses a threat to mankind like Ebola does it’s bound to draw your attention and your imagination.
I’m not here to diffuse that one bit however- the media tends to over-sensationalize certain hot topics and events and this year they get to use Ebola to stir anxiety and raise fear. Pretty much every other year the Ebola virus manages to infect a number of individuals. Should we be afraid of Ebola? Certainly. Though I think that the wiser minds interested in staying healthy would instead of obsessing over this one virus- choose to also familiarize themselves with the viruses and bacterial contagions they are more likely to come in contact with right here in the U.S.- even after this latest Ebola virus is contained… and the media sharks move on to the next hair-raising subject.
As you may or may not know, I work at a hospital as a Surgical Instrument Technician. I have for the last 14 years. In that time I’ve managed to deal with not so typical cases where patients have had contagious diseases. Rarely, there have been extreme cases where patients have had to have surgery (to prolong life) and what they were infected with was so contagious that our system of cleaning and sterilization (which of course is at or better than industry standards) would still put future users at risk so the staff decided to throw out any instruments brought into the room- they triple bagged them for the incinerator. Google Prions or better yet, click here to find out about these nasty little bugs.
This is the bug you’re worried about. Courtesy of Google images.
As of now in regards to Ebola, I say be watchful and definitely be careful if it pertains to your specific location. In general it’s a good idea nowadays to keep plenty of hand sanitizer, wash your hands frequently and to not touch surfaces in public places- doorknobs, handrails, counters- these are all places that harbor tons of germs. Use your sleeve to open doors. Use a paper towel. Whatever will give you peace. Those habits don’t take long to develop and not only will you not get Ebola, you’ll probably not catch a cold or the flu either.
This is what you should also worry about. Courtesy of Google.