originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
a reply to: MysterX
Well.. shaking hands is enough if you touch your eyes or an open wound or mouth, etc afterward. It's not going to seep through your skin.
Well..yeah, but that is a VERY common thing for people to do. We are always telling our kids not to touch their faces after touching items 1000's of
strangers will have touched..shopping trolleys, press to cross the road buttons, public phones, items on the shelves in supermarkets, anything.
I see people doing this as a matter of habit, it's no wonder common viruses like Influenza and bacteriological infections spread so easily through
towns and cities, schools and hospitals..people don't take anywhere near the precautions they ought to get into a habit of doing routinely.
I know regular washing with anti-viral alcohol gels and not touching the face, (eyes, ears, nose, mouth) will not prevent infection if you walk
through a cloud of viral infected droplets from someone who's just had a sneeze fit in front of you, but If we all thought about or could see the
sheer amount of contaminants living on everyday objects, most people would be surprised and probably horrified.
And frankly, some contamination is inevitable and actually can help to make our immune systems more robust...but we're talking about a virus that will
not do that, and will more likely kill who it infects.
If the nurse was infected, or an A-symptomatic carrier and simply wiped the sweat from her brow, then touched something (anything) that another person
will touch after, that is all that would be required to infect potentially 1000's of people...yeah, i meant 1000's.
People always touch their faces...when they are thinking, planning a meal, wondering about this product or that product, the hand goes straight to the
face, usually the mouth or lips.
Spreading a virus, including Ebola or indeed ANY other virus, is frighteningly simple.
edit on 14-8-2014 by MysterX because: added text