→Facts vs. Fears
You’ve heard the expression, “We are fearful of the unknown” – right? So many times people are afraid of things they know nothing about, and when they take the time to research for more information, only then can it changes their perspective. The same happened with the hysteria surrounding the Ebola virus. The disease was discovered in 1976, with several outbreaks since and the origin is still unknown.
Due to the very similar symptoms of Ebola to other viral infections, it takes time to diagnose. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, and sore throat, as well as diarrhea and in the most severe cases internal or external bleeding. It cannot be transmitted by air but spreads by bodily fluids from infected individuals.
Throughout Florida hospitals, doctors and nurses get trained and prepare for any possible outbreak of Ebola virus. Dr. William Bone, first Infectious Disease Specialist in Panama City, Florida, believes it is most likely that people infected with Ebola would be too sick to be in public, so the rest should be more concerned about the upcoming Flu season. He recommends getting a Flu vaccine, practicing frequent hand washing, and when sick, staying home to prevent the spreading of the illness.