The federal government doesn't want you to worry about Ebola. But if you must, chances are they will have your state break out its militarized police and
Christmas the holidays, yo, will be ruined so they'd rather you stay nice and calm, I'm sure. To this end they keep trotting out the same old tired bullshit: (all emphasis is my own):
HOW DOES EBOLA SPREAD?
Through close contact with a symptomatic person's bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen. [...]
WHAT ABOUT MORE CASUAL CONTACT?
Ebola isn't airborne. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said people don't get exposed by sitting next to someone on the bus.
"This is not like flu. It's not like measles, not like the common cold. It's not as spreadable, it's not as infectious as those conditions," he added.
Then what exactly would the FedGov make of this information?
U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola
Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact
NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances.
On page 117 of the handbook, in a chapter discussing “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” (VHF), a category of viruses that includes Ebola, USAMRID says: “In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct body fluid exposure have been documented. These instances have prompted concern of a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection.”
Page 117 continues to specify: “Therefore, when VHF is suspected, additional infection control measures are indicated.”
Airborne Ebola spread can’t be ruled out [...]
Both President Obama and his top infectious disease experts tried to calm Americans’ fears about Ebola this week by saying the current outbreak cannot be transmitted through the air. But less than 30 miles from where top government officials made their declarations in Washington, scientists a quarter century ago did in fact prove that an Ebola strain contained to monkeys could spread airborne.
So it can spread. Airborne. True.
It can also spread through sexual contact for up to to 40 days after you recover from having it (and this bulletin from the WHO says the virus can remain in semen (and, therefore, at least 'theoretically' sexually transmittable) for up to "[...] at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days".) Yikes.
Also, it mutates. It's about the same as what might happen if you crossed HIV with the swine flu or SARS. Only if it kills you, it will kill you a lot faster than HIV or possibly a week or so slower than swine flu or SARS and the way you go will arguably be...
...much more gross
[Trigger warning: do not click this link if your stomach turns easily. You might just throw up reading what it is that Ebola does]
The thing that no one will talk about - the elephant in the room that we're all dancing around to avoid disturbing the poor thing while pretending it's simply not there - that made me write this post - the one thing I worry about the most, is this...
It's getting cold out. And flu season? Flu season is about to hit. I mean any day. Any hour. I worked in a drugstore this time last year and by last February I was nearly dead from the third flu I'd caught over the winter, most likely from my very own customers. The last illness had me filling foot tall trash cans with puke made entirely out of water. Just plain water. Three days of non-stop vomiting - of water (along with aching, fever, chills, sweats and the other end going nuts) - followed by a final day of filling a trash can each time I puked with more water. The stuff was so clean you could drink it as-is to judge by its looks.
I don't know where it all came from because I was too nauseous to hold down food or drink so a starving and completely dehydrated person who did nothing but sleep and puke was vomiting trash cans of water with no conceivable drop of water left in her body to do so with. That's not normal. And because I recovered on my own, without ever leaving the house or getting medical attention, I never did figure out what the hell it is that makes you puke tons of water you can't possibly have in your stomach to begin with after 3-4 days of doing nothing but puking tons of water.
That was scary.
And that must be just one of the many flus that will go around this year as everyone tries to grapple with whether the flu they've caught this time is Ebola or if they're in the clear. So I think there's going to be panic once flu season is underway because until they get medical attention and testing - an option which at-risk people about to board flights are thought to often deliberately subvert - no one is going to know whether what they have is the Ebola virus or not - and while not knowing may not kill you, it has the potential to kill everyone you sleep with thanks to its wholly sexually transmittable nature. And I'm not going to blame anyone who panics over that. I wouldn't know how.
My other concern is cold weather and lack of sunlight are suspected of lowering immune response - even if neither has been proven to do so, just yet - making you more susceptible to catching colds and flus to begin with. And once you're as weak as I was after my third round of the flu earlier this year, if you're in a situation where you can either fight off Ebola infection or simply come down with it and die, a body as weakened and ravaged as mine was by the end of last winter? Probably would not stand a chance against Ebola in the end.
Anyone can wind up in that situation. Anyone. So I worry. A lot.