Stop Panicking About Ebola Already

It’s not all that infectious.

“Contracting [Ebola] requires direct contact with the bodily fluids — blood, feces, vomit — of someone who is symptomatic with the disease. You cannot catch Ebola from someone who is incubating it but not symptomatic; and you cannot catch it from simply being in the same room as someone who has it. (If you’re going to quote back to me the infamous ‘airborne Ebola’ paper from 2012, don’t bother. Six pigs, four monkeys, engineered lab conditions: no relevance to any real-world situation in a household or a hospital.)”

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  • Anna Dawson

    Droplets from a sneeze travel up to twelve feet and can hang in the air for an hour. Just sayin.

    • Jared Clark

      Can you catch it from sneezes?

      • Mark S. (not for Shea)

        In a country with our health and sanitation facilities, it’s actually quite hard to catch Ebola. Concern is warranted, because any disease can mutate into new forms. But panic? No. We have far worse problems warranting panic.

      • Robin Thibodeaux High

        You can catch it from sweat or saliva. I think you can catch it from being sneezed on. From the WHO website: “…Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.”

  • Prince Kassad

    Dengue has the same effect, different mechanism, and that one is airborne via mosquito and we deal with that yearly in tropical Philippines.