So often anymore, people get wrapped up in the politics of a subject that they miss the actual message and thereby the real threat of the matter as is the case with Ebola. It doesn’t matter if an infected person’s spittle when sneezed or coughed is considered ‘airborne,’ or not!
I don’t care if the CDC claims it is transmitted only by contact with bodily fluid, they’re arguing semantics and creating chaos with their double-speak.
What matters is the possibility of transmission. And because it is not know for certain if Ebola can be transmitted via ‘airborne transmission,’ it is best to err on the side of caution.
That means the message needs to be about is what sort of protective equipment healthcare workers are using and the training needed to use that equipment. The message should also help calm fear, but that’s not what is happening.
The message needs to be simple and I think the UK Guardian got it right: “The Ebola virus is transmitted in the bodily fluids of people who are seriously ill, who are likely to be vomiting, bleeding or have diarrhoea. Blood, faeces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, and in late stages of the disease even tiny amounts can carry high loads of virus.”
“But a nurse who got a patient’s blood on their hands could wash it off with soap and water without any ill-effects,” the report continues. “He or she would become ill only if they had a cut or abrasion on their hand or touched their mouth, eyes or nose, which would allow the virus to pass into their bodily fluids.”
They add, “It can take two to 21 days for symptoms to show, although usually it is five to seven days. Typically, the first signs are a fever involving a headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat and severe muscle weakness.
“Many of those symptoms are similar to flu, so Ebola is not immediately obvious, though it should be suspected in anyone who has been in west Africa recently. After that come diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash and stomach pain,” says the Guardian.