On my side of the world, Ebola panic has started. There is so much misinformation out there, and people are (of course) spreading it because that is what we do. As a nurse, let me help by spreading facts (yes I am really a nurse. YES REALLY):
1. Ebola is a virus. There are no antibiotics that can cure it. But like a lot of viruses, it is self limiting.
2. Ebola is spread through DIRECT contact with blood or body fluids. So, unless you go up to strangers and drink their blood or lick secretions off them, most of us are at low risk. Healthcare workers and family members are at the most risk.
3. Symptoms of Ebola (minus the bleeding out your nose, eyes etc) are the same as the flu. Guess what we are heading into: FLU SEASON.
4. If you think you have Ebola, ask yourself this: have you been in contact with someone who has the virus? Have you been in an area currently experiencing an outbreak? No?? THEN YOU DONT HAVE EBOLA!
5. You have a greater risk of getting bit by a unicorn that shoots glitter out of its hindparts than getting Ebola.
I realize there are people out there who feel like the need to tell us that viruses can mutate and suddenly turn into an airborne illness and use HIV as the example. HIV is not, and has never been airborne.
The next time someone starts doing their “WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE” thing: give them some meds and put them to bed, and show them this blog.