Ebola: Real Threat or Not?

Ebola has been in the news a great deal lately, and that makes sense because it is always big news when this particularly scary virus makes an appearance. Yes, it can be deadly and many people in an isolated part of the world have contracted it. And yes, there is now a case contracted right here in the United States, but regardless of the hype, this infection remains VERY UNLIKELY to affect or infect most Americans. The risks are well known and all Westerners who have contracted the disease have worked directly with patients either in West Africa or in the United States/Europe. For the VAST MAJORITY of people, this is not something to be overly concerned about unless you travel and work in health care in Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia, or unless you are a healthcare worker in the United States who is caring for an Ebola infected person. This amounts to very few Americans. The Ebola hysteria is mostly unjustified and the best thing most Americans could do about Ebola is relax and stop watching too much cable news!

But one good thing about Americans focusing on an infectious disease is that it provides an excellent reminder about bacteria and viruses that ACTUALLY ARE a real threat in the United States. There are several infections that cause serious illness and even death in hundreds, if not thousands of Americans every year but because these are not at the top of the news hour, people might not be paying as much attention as they should. Infections like MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), Hepatitis C, and Influenza are all very real threats to many Americans, far more serious and real a threat than Ebola is ever likely to be in this country. But since we live where we do, we can take precautions against these much more likely killers through influenza vaccines and through careful and consistent disinfection and cleaning of shared surfaces and objects which might carry infections like influenza or MRSA.

A great thing to do if you are worried about Ebola is to refocus on these very real threats to your health and safety instead of the remote risk of Ebola. Then, once you think about and learn about these much more likely risks, take realistic steps to protect yourself with help from CleanerToday.com  An informed person is already one less likely to become ill from one of the real threats facing us in America today. Learn more, protect yourself and those you love, and rest easier knowing you are protected!

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