Ebola is generally one of those things that is read about in the media, continually we look at the news and hear of strange world events and never truly believe that these things will happen to us or even pose any threat to us. People can do very simple things such as donating UNICEF’s Ebola appeal, but there are things we must remember to protect ourselves and others close to us.
If anyone you know has been to an affected areas then it is best to monitor them closely in case they have, in order to have the best chance of fighting of the disease early detection of the virus is paramount. If you believe that you or someone you know has Ebola it is crucial to avoid contact with others and alert the correct authorities, above all else seek medical attention immediately. This is especially important as the virus has a fatality rate of around 50% and the sooner it is treated the better
High Risk Areas
Letting people know that you have been to affected areas is also important for preventing the spread of the virus, this is a duty of care that we all have to each other to ensure that we don’t unknowingly pass the disease on, particularly as it is hard to diagnose the disease, as it has similar symptoms to things like malaria and the common cold. Those that have not been to the affected areas will probably not expect that Ebola is an issue for them, so it is important to make them aware of the possible symptoms and the risks.
Medical professionals should report any instance of Ebola that they discover and ensure that those that have been exposed to the person are also notified and will need to be monitored closely. People in this situation will most likely need to be quarantined as soon as possible to prevent the potential outbreak of the disease.
Remember that it is important to tell someone if something isn’t right with your health, you may not have contracted Ebola, but it is much better to be safe than sorry. Awareness is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against Ebola.