The latest headlines about the Ebola epidemic read like something out of a Hollywood medical thriller. Every day brings more urgent news about new infections, botched protocols, scrambles to disinfect airplanes and, on Friday (October 17) the naming of an “Ebola Czar” and an “Ebola SWAT Team” to handle the U.S. response.
So does that mean now is the time to panic?
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Healthcare worker in Dallas decontaminates.
The virus has killed more than 4,000 in West Africa, sickened more than twice that number in the region and led to two domestic deaths to date. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seems to have made some missteps in the wake of the infection of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson.
Still, in the wake of those headlines, according to experts, you should be keeping calm. And here’s why:
The chances you’ll catch Ebola are pretty slim
“The CDC remains confident that Ebola is not a significant public health threat to the United States,” a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told MTV News. “It is not transmitted easily, and it does not spread from people who are not ill.”
Dr. Glenn Mathisen, the chief of infectious disease services at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center concurred, added that burial practices in West Africa — which include handling and washing the body and pouring fluids over it — that ...Read More →