Ebola, the ongoing issue

The Ebola scare has not yet gone away, if anything it is getting more pertinent for Western society with the first case now officially declared in New York. We don’t know if it will hit our shores, and if it does how wide spread it will be. Ebola is not airborne and, at this stage, only spreads through bodily fluid. Of course this includes being momentarily airborne in the particles released by the body when people vomit or sneeze. What we do know is that some disease, someday will be widespread and detrimental to all the world’s population – including New Zealand.

Will ebola be the one?

Ebola is on a lot of people’s mind at the moment. It is a pretty scary thought with a possible 50-90% mortality rate. We don’t know if it will spread and we don’t know if it will reach New Zealand shores. Probably not. But we pretty much do know that there will be a pandemic at some point in the future. All experts agree that it is not a matter of if, but rather when. So get prepared now and if Ebola hits you are better prepared. If Ebola does not become a pandemic, you will be better prepared for the next potential pandemic.

Although Ebola is a gruesome disease and has a high mortality rate, it is not thought to be airborne it is passed through bodily fluids. At this stage the disease is said to be non-contagious until the first symptoms appear (early symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, fever, chills and vomiting usually starting from between 2-8 days).

Are you prepared to survive?

If a natural disaster struck in your locality today, how well would you cope? Only a small percentage of New Zealand’s population is prepared with knowledge and the ability to look after themselves for at least three days following a natural disaster. But although most of us live in blissful ignorance or denial, it is time for us to wake up and realise we are far from invulnerable to disasters.