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Ebola Virus Is No Joke
10/8/2014 5:19:42 PM

By Beverly Gadson-Birch

I don’t know about you but the Ebola virus scares the heck out of me because there doesn’t seem to be a really defined medical plan for treating the virus and no control over medical responders and treatment facilities.

Where does one go if they think they have the virus?

Symptoms of the virus are diarrhea, high fever, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, stomach pain and lack of appetite. Because the symptoms mimic the flu as we know it, how does one distinguish between the two early enough to avoid contaminating others?

I have been trying to keep up with information regarding the virus because government has a history of not coming forward readily and informing the public of the gravity of a deadly virus outbreak until it is widespread with little or no cure.

According to Web MD, “as the disease gets worse, it causes bleeding inside the body, as well as from the eyes, ears, and nose.  Some people will vomit or cough up blood, have bloody diarrhea, and get a rash”.

Since little is known about the disease, I plan to stay far away from folks who may even look sick. You see, I have one of those immune systems that is not immune from anything.

I am restricting my travels over the next few months until health professionals get a handle on what is going on with the Ebola virus.

What about air, boat or rail travel?

Therein lays a potentially dangerous problem. What are the carriers doing to protect travelers?

Are the airlines taking special precautions to wipe down all seats and sterilize the planes before each flight?

What about cruise ships?

You don’t know who is sitting in the seat next to you; or, who may have used the same restroom as you have that may be potential carriers of the virus.

In recent cases, persons infected by the Ebola virus came in contact with a sick person while traveling abroad. Persons having been around persons known to have the symptoms are often placed in quarantine.

There are really no known cures for the virus.

This article is designed to create awareness of the symptoms and to encourage you to seek medical assistance if you are running a high fever or have any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Be responsible and not take the chance of infecting others or putting yourself at risk.

If you feel you have been in contact with someone who has been aboard, or you have been aboard in the affected contact areas, and suddenly find yourself not feeling well contact your doctor immediately.

I have spoken with several adults who have been fighting off an upper respiratory infection for weeks. Make sure you get to the doctor as soon as possible.

Oftentimes, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. Antibiotics are recommended to kill bacteria and not viruses. There is a difference; so, stop thinking everything will just go away.

I know folks who swear by tea leaves, life of everlasting, herbal tea and even Dr. Buzzard but there are some things that even the doctors don’t have a cure for.

So, what makes you think you can brew a tea concoction with a swig of liquor and honey and sweat out a virus? Trust me! That is not going to happen.

The Ebola virus is no joke.

With the advent of fall comes the cold season. Be sure to take precautions and wipe down surfaces and seating areas.

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to infections so be sure to watch out for changes in their health.

Remember this! When in doubt, the best way out is to see a doctor immediately.

Stop trying to practice medicine without a license.

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