Links to a history of Probaway’s [EBOLA UPDATES] Today there is no cure for Ebola, there are no effective treatments for Ebola, there is no vaccination for Ebola. The only known way of coping with Ebola is physical separation from the virus. Here is a starter list of ways to separate humans from Ebola. This isn’t intended as an operational guide, but as a stimulus to alternative thoughts.
In tropical Africa
- Avoid possible Ebola carriers such as bats and primates.
- Avoid fresh bush-meat in markets.
- Prepare food by cooking, and wash hands immediately after touching bush-meat.
- Wash everything that has been touched by bush-meat.
- Learn not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth by using “hot” capsaicin on your fingers.
- Put up mosquito netting on windows and around beds.
Living near Ebola victims
- Avoid touching public items such as doorknobs with hands. Use foot or elbow.
- In public places, avoid all sick people.
- Wash refrigerated items before using. Ebola virus survives on cold surfaces.
- When you are sick avoid all other people, and warn them you are sick.
- When a family member is sick provide a separate bed, away from others.
- Don’t touch sick people or their effluvia. Wash it and yourself immediately.
- Never touch a dying person or a dead one, but leave home and call for help.
Living in an Ebola area
- Avoid crowds, buses, and markets as much as possible.
- Purchase a month’s supply of storable food like rice and beans.
- Stay in contact with friends using cell phones.
Treating sick friends
- Treat feverish people sick with flu or malaria as if they have Ebola.
- Provide water, food and necessities and toilets by placing them near the sick person and then stepping back.
- Be as emotionally supportive as possible, but from across the room.
- Never touch your eyes, nose or mouth when near a sick person.
- Frequently wash thoroughly when around any sick person, and apply capsaicin to fingers.
- Follow your self-protective procedures carefully.
- Practice not touching your eyes, nose, mouth by using capsaicin.
- Monitor your medical companions following procedures.
- Avoid intimate contact with Ebola medical personnel, when off duty.
Hospitals and sick shelters
- Sick people should be in individual rooms; undiagnosed flu, Ebola, malaria should be kept separated.
- Outdoor one-person tents separated would impede transmission.
- One-person tents designed to wrap a corpse makes transporting them safer.
- The dead must be instantly wrapped, and with clear plastic over face for photo ID.
- Limit international, intercity and intracity movement to necessities.
- Stop tourism, even business travel, to infected areas.
- Test temperature of all travelers and reject all sick people; don’t believe a person’s statements that they haven’t been exposed.
The intent of these suggestions is to create as much physical separation between people as possible for the duration of the Ebola epidemic.
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