What They are Not Telling You about Ebola!
Courtesy of Dr. Ben Kim!
Many have asked for my views on the Ebola, so I’ll share
a few thoughts here.
My understanding is that Ebola is more transmittable than
most world health authorities are generally leading people to
It’s true that the current form of the Ebola virus is not
airborne, which is to say that the Ebola virus isn’t capable
of traveling through the air without fluid encasing it.
Chickenpox and tuberculosis are examples of airborne germs
that are capable of traveling through the air from one person
to another without transfer of body fluids. Put another way,
airborne germs travel from the lungs of one person to the lungs
of another without exchange of blood, sweat, or other body
The point that isn’t being made strongly enough is that
the Ebola virus counts as a droplet-borne disease. Droplets
of secretions that are generated with coughing, sneezing,
vomiting, and even some routine medical procedures that are
done around the upper respiratory tract can transmit the Ebola
These droplets of secretions that contain the Ebola virus
can infect someone nearby if the droplets come into contact with
any of their mucosal linings, like those that protect the
eyes, nasal passageway, and oral cavity.
So if you are within several feet of someone who is infected
with the Ebola virus, even if there is no exchange of body
fluids, it is possible for you to become infected if that
person releases enough droplets of virus via secretions that
occur with coughing, sneezing, and other involuntary contractions
around the upper respiratory area.
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The latest data indicates that approximately 70 percent of
infected people are dying. This is confirmation of how
debilitating the Ebola virus can be, but it is also confirmation
that even if infected, some people are capable of recovering.
My opinion is that in coming weeks, more infections will be
Confirmed in multiple countries.
We can only hope that the CDC and their counterparts in
other countries will be able to contain confirmed infections,
and that enough support will be given to those areas within
Africa that are being devastated right now. With enough supplies
and trained response teams, even hardest hit areas should be
able to prevent this outbreak from killing many millions – the
current goal is to successfully bury 70 percent of those who
have died from Ebola and isolate and treat 70 percent of those
who are fighting infections, all within the next 60 days.
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For those who are lucky to be living in areas that have not yet
been touched by Ebola, here are some points on prevention to
keep in mind until the current outbreak is clearly contained:
1. If at all possible, avoid airplane travel.
2. Ensure optimal vitamin D status.
3. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C.
4. Be mindful of washing your hands with soap and warm or
hot water on a regular basis.
5. Be well rested.
I don’t believe there is much else that we can do to minimize
risk of infection, not unless we want to stockpile enough food
and water to last until Ebola goes away, and stay in our homes
Unless you are living in an area where new infections are
being confirmed every day, I don’t think you need to fear going
about your regular activities.
That is all I have to say about Ebola for now. Let’s hope
that things change for the better soon.