Preventing/Treating Ebola

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

The previous Re-Post on Ebola has prompted me to give some advice on what you can do to control this disease.

To help protect against an Ebola outbreak spreading, businesses, schools, clubs, and any other place where people gather, should require that, “If you have flu symptoms like Fever, Headache, Vomiting, Diarrhea, or skin eruptions – STAY HOME!”

If Ebola never becomes a serious problem in the US, that’s great. But if outbreaks do begin, we all need to do what we can to prevent the spread. A big part is having each of us, and for children, that means their parents, reduce everyone’s exposure to possible carriers of the disease.

But, what if you think you’ve become infected? From what I’ve read, there is no cure – no antibiotics – so you need to stay alive long enough for your body to cure itself. By all means, call your doctor, but don’t just rush to the E.R. or a doctor’s office where you may infect others.

The main threat to your life if you’re infected is dehydration through vomiting and diarrhea. Be proactive and stock up on OTC items which can help, like Imodium, Pepto, etc. Get some rubber gloves, now before you need them.

To prevent/treat dehydration, get Pedialyte or make you own drink using for example:

  • Water 1 Gallon
  • Sugar 20 Teaspoonsful
  • Table Salt 4 Teaspoonsful

For Potassium, you may use a salt substitute (eg Nu-Salt) in place of 1 of the Teaspoonsful of Salt, or have a Banana separately or mixed in the drink.

Vitamins and food as tolerated also are a good idea, but not as critical as fluid replacement.

Keep the infected person as isolated as possible. Food, plates, and all else that goes in should stay in if at all possible – treat it as toxic waste.

Once you recover, you are immune to that strain of the disease (there are 5 strains), so you become an ideal person to treat others.

Good luck. I hope neither of us ever needs this information.

One thought on “Preventing/Treating Ebola

  1. great ideas; social distancing is what they called it back during the 1918 influenza pandemic. following along with your advice on hydration, here’s something else I came across regarding its importance…

    According to this article, proper hydration can play a major role in Ebola recovery.

    “With targeted drugs and vaccines at least months away, doctors and public health experts are learning from Ebola survivors what simple steps helped them beat the infection. Turns out drinking 4 liters (1 gallon) or more of rehydration solution a day — a challenge for anyone and especially those wracked by relentless bouts of vomiting — is crucial… Mortality could be reduced by delivering a simple message about the importance of taking fluids and picking the right painkillers, he said. Paracetamol, the active ingredient in Panadol, is the preferred medication for pain and fever, and picking others such as aspirin and ibuprofen can worsen bleeding… We will halve the mortality by firstly just stopping anti-inflammatories and giving hydration, and really pushing it…”


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