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Hello and Welcome to Medical Monday!
Ebola is one of those nasty hemorrhagic viruses. Although, you only really have blood shot eyes and usually a nasty rash. And the strain that is going around now, the symptoms are mainly nausea, vomiting, and other non-specific symptoms, like a fever. Until you reach the point that it is too late.
The R0 for this virus is about 1.82. This means, for every person with the disease, they spread it to 1.82 people. Round it up to 2. Also, the death rate is somewhere around 50-70%, but with some medical management (just give fluids and treat symptoms as they arise), the mortality rate goes way down. But still, there is no cure.
So what is there to do? Not much if you don’t live in Africa. If it does make the jump to around where you live, play it like Matt Damon in Contagion: Purell everything and touch nothing. Do not interact with anyone. Wear something over your mouth and nose at all times. Walk places rather than take mass transit (I live in NYC so sometimes hiking it around on foot is tough, but it is better than becoming infected).
But in all seriousness, this thing is likely going to just disappear. What you really have to worry about is the new H3N2 virus…
Moral of the Story: Mother Nature will kill us all off with a virus. Zombie virus? Flu virus? Or Hemorrhagic virus (Ebola)? One of these will take us down…