Monday, August 18, 2014

Update: How to protect yourself from the Ebola virus while traveling


Can I catch the Ebola virus on a plane or while traveling? 

This is the question on the minds of many frequent travellers these days, as

As of this writing, the Ebola virus is currently contained largely in West Africa, with isolated cases popping up in a handful of countries. The countries with the highest number of Ebola infections include Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Ghana.

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THE EBOLA VIRUS:
AMONG THE MOST DEADLY IN THE WORLD

Experts say that the Ebola virus is among the most deadly viruses known to man. It causes viral hemorrhagic fever, often causing bleeding and multiple organ failure.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Ebola virus is "a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90% of the people who catch it."

There is no known cure except to isolate an infected person and support him or her with liquids and nutrition in the hope that his or her immune system will be able to weather the onslaught of the Ebola virus long enough to survive.

Unfortunately, most people don't survive the Ebola virus.

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SYMPTOMS OF THE EBOLA VIRUS

Early symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. Others may also develop a rash, red eyes, chest pains and breathing difficulties.

Many of the early symptoms are similar to the symptoms for malaria, typhoid fever, and meningitis.

THE RACE AGAINST TIME

The organs and immune systems of persons infected with the Ebola virus fail way ahead of the end of the assault of the virus on their bodies.

However, a very experimental drug was recently given to two Americans who got infected with the virus. They were on the brink of death but they have survived so far, so the drug has had promising results.

Unfortunately, the long-term effects of this highly experimental drug are unknown and it has not been made in commercial quantities, to be available for everyone.

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THE MOST SERIOUS EBOLA OUTBREAK SO FAR

Although the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says it knows how to contain the epidemic and can do so eventually with enough resources, it also says this is the most serious Ebola outbreak so far in the world.


Consequently, many frequent travellers these days are wondering how to better protect themselves from the Ebola virus, as they are in contact with people from around the world much more extensively than most people.

As of now, the chances of catching the Ebola virus are slim on a plane, and also slim as long as you stay away from the infected areas.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

However, it's always better to keep on the safe side and take precautions. Doing so will help prevent you catching other viruses as well.

1) BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Prior to your trip and during your trip, boost your immune system by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and by taking immune-boosting supplements.


2) INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN C
Consult your doctor or health practitioner about increasing your daily Vitamin C dosage for this period.


3) "KILL" THE EBOLA VIRUS WITH DISINFECTANTS
The Ebola virus is deadly and it can reportedly exist in liquid form for several days. However, it can also be "killed" by alcohol and soap.


WHAT TO BRING

For your trip, bring the following in your hand carry, and a spare set in your check-in luggage:

1) Alcohol spray
2) Alcohol wipes
3) Good quality mask
4) Disposable rubber gloves, if you're feeling extra nervous

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WHAT TO DO IN AN AIRPLANE
OR IN A HOTEL ROOM

This is what you should do when on a plane or a public vehicle, when checking into a hotel for the first time, or in transit:

IN THE AIRPLANE: Spray down areas that are often touched by other passengers. These include the TV remote control, the seat adjuster switch, the light switch, and the folding tray.



IN THE HOTEL: Spray down areas like door knobs, faucets, cabinet handles.

ANYWHERE YOU ARE IN TRANSIT: Wear a mask if there is someone near you coughing or looking sick. Chances are, this person does not have the Ebola virus. But as this virus is currently incurable, it's better to do everything you can to avoid catching it.



HOW YOU CATCH THE EBOLA VIRUS

A person can only catch the Ebola virus from an infected person or animal via contact with the fluids of this infected person or animal.

This includes intimate physical contact.

The entry of infected fluids into your own body via your eyes, nose, and mouth will also put you greatly at risk.



So sanitizing areas you touch in high traffic areas while traveling, and frequently washing your hands, will help prevent you from catching the virus.

A safe and happy Travelife to all.



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