Ebola: How Prepared are You for the Largest Epidemic in History?

We have heard it all before. The five most important guidelines that the CDC laid out to keep us healthy are as follows:

  1. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  2. Wash hands often with soap and water
  3. Clean and disinfect surfaces
  4. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  5. Stay home when sick

It sounds simple enough to follow these instructions, but is it enough these days?  How prepared are you and your family if a deadly disease such as Ebola started circulating in your area?  No one wants to think it can happen to them but being prepared will somewhat help alleviate the worry and stress of scrambling for the necessary tools to keep you and your family safe if there ever was a threat close to home.

First, let us discuss what exactly Ebola is and how the virus is contracted. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola is a disease caused by infection with one of five identified Ebola virus species, four of which cause disease in humans as well as nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, apes, etc.). Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) originated in Africa. The deadly disease was first found in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and since then there have been sporadic outbreaks throughout the African continent.  Though uncertain about the natural host of Ebola, evidence shows that bats native to Africa may be the most likely reservoir.

The CDC states Ebola can be spread through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids, especially through broken skin or through the eyes, nose or mouth. Shielding yourself from hazardous particulates with a full-face piece respirator could aid in protection. The virus can also spread through urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen from an infected person. This is why it is also important not to handle objects, such as needles, bedding, clothes or medical equipment  that have been contaminated with the blood or bodily fluid of an infected individual. Being completely covered with protective gear such as hooded coveralls and an attached respirator-fit hood or other particulate protection apparel would aid in safety along with premium-quality latex gloves. Ebola is not contracted through the air, in food or water.

An infected person cannot spread the virus until symptoms appear. The CDC declares the incubation period is 2 to 21 days, though the average is 8 to 10 days. Some of the symptoms of Ebola include fever, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach and muscle pain. There may also be signs of mysterious bruising or bleeding. Take your temperature with a reliable thermometer every morning and evening if you suspect you may be infected. If you happen to have any signs of infection, get medical attention immediately. Alerting your doctor of your symptoms and suspicions before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room will help the staff care for you more efficiently and effectively offer protection to others.

Now let us talk about how you and your loved ones can stay healthy and safe. Unfortunately, there is no FDA-approved vaccine available but there are steps in which you can take for further protection.  As with most contagious illnesses, washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is imperative. Cover your sneezes and coughs with disposable tissues. Do not touch bats or nonhuman primates. Do not travel to West Africa unless absolutely necessary. Do not touch someone who is knowingly infected with the virus. Be certain to use cleaners and chemicals to help keep surfaces in and around your home and work area sanitary with disinfectant products with label claims against non-enveloped viruses. These cleaners are broadly antiviral and capable of getting the job done by inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, according to CDC’s hospital cleaning procedures for Ebola contamination.

We must try to be vigilant about halting the spread of this deadly disease. Here at CleanItSupply.com we are just as concerned as you are about keeping families safe from Ebola. We want everyone to be able to obtain the necessary and desired equipment and tools at affordable prices to prevent any possible spread of this terrifying virus threatening the lives of our loved ones.

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