With the World Health Organization estimating over 10,000 confirmed Ebola virus cases worldwide and almost 5,000 deaths, people are understandably concerned about the impact of this outbreak on their personal health. Some of our fears may be allayed with the understanding that the virus is mainly transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a contagious person. The virus cannot be spread through water, air, or food. Knowing this, there are basic steps you could take that won’t necessarily hamper your regular routines, but will lessen our chances of getting sick. Most of these steps are derived from what public health officials have been telling us for years.
Here are six common sense ways to stay healthy during the Ebola virus crisis:
1. Wash your hands. Make it a practice to vigorously wash your hands with water and soap, especially before you eat or after you care for a sick person. Carry hand sanitizer with you and sanitize your hands after every time you enter a public place, especially if you use mass transportation or visit a healthcare facility.