While America panics, medical and government officials are trying to educate the public. Just like the initial panic that came with the AIDS epidemic, those who are unsure and uneducated regarding the disease are causing others to run around in a frenzy trying to figure out if they should go to Disneyworld or not. Will we all be infected if we travel by plane? Should I delay going to the hospital for my scheduled surgery? What if my kids get it at school? If we, as adults, are so unsure, can you imagine how our kids must be feeling? Parents should take the time to educate themselves regarding the Ebola virus and teach children the precautions involved to avoid an outbreak.
Ebola is spread through bodily fluids: blood, saliva, tissues, semen and vaginal secretions. Avoid contact with infected people.
Avoid traveling to areas of known outbreaks.
Wash, wash, wash. Be sure to wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizer when soap and water are not available. The sanitizer should always contain at least 60% alcohol.
If visiting developing countries, avoid eating wild animal meat such as primates sold at local markets.
Infected people should always be in isolation away from other patients.
Health care workers should always follow safety precautions when working with infected patients. They should always wear gowns, face masks, gloves, eye shields and protective clothing.
Deceased patients of Ebola are still contagious after death. Remains must be disposed of properly and never handled without proctection.
Children will have many questions regarding the epidemic. Reassure them that everything will be okay as long as safety procedures are taken. There is no need to panic. Make sure you stay calm and educate them on proper hand washing and ask them to never share eating utensils, cups, bottles or soda cans as this could spread many germs besides the virus.
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