I'll post this here even though I know it will make little difference to many people who are convinced Ebola is an airborne virus:
Some people say sources like the CDC or WHO are lying when they say Ebola is not an airborne virus. To test yourself, which of these two constitute
evidence of airborne transmission of a virus:
1. In a room filled with 20 people, two of which had been infected with a virus, 10 more develop an illness despite having no contact with the two
people already infected.
2. In a room filled with 20 people, two of which had been infected with a virus, two people developed an illness after one of the two people already
infected sneezed within 3 feet of the individuals.
The two examples above are NOT the same. To be sneezed on, much like what can happen with health care workers in close contact with a patient,
constitutes close contact with bodily fluids. This is not an "airborne transmission" of a virus; it is direct contact with moist droplets that can
contain the virus.
Example 1 is the kind of evidence that illustrates what is truly an airborne transmission of the virus. The virus can drift in the dry air to find a
new host. I believe influenza is able to do this, but when it comes to Ebola, there is one lone study that reported the virus went from pigs to
monkeys that supposedly had no direct contact. I explained in another post that an animal study of this type is no indicator of a real threat to human
beings, nor is the lab demonstration of how-to infect a monkey with Ebola using a manufactured aerosol spray and a highly specialized procedure (see
Moreover, if you look at the number of people who were in close proximity with Thomas Duncan at this point, if Ebola was transmitted as an airborne
virus you'd find many more people infected.
So again, I think a lot of confusion, worry, and the accusation of contradictions or lies is coming in large part from not understanding what is
direct contact with someone infected vs. what is an environmental airborne transmission. I just saw in the news today that one of the nurses who was
treating Thomas Duncan has been diagnosed with Ebola. Again, she was at risk because she was in close contact with the patient, and her case does not
provide evidence of Ebola being spread as an airborne virus.
If you haven't already learned to do this by now, avoid places with large crowds of peoples (including subways and the bus), avoid close proximity
with other people in places like supermarkets such as when you're standing on line for checkout, walk away from people who are coughing or sneezing,
avoid touching environmental surfaces unless you need to, never touch your hands to your face, especially after you touched an ATM or something like a
self-checkout screen, always wash your hands and face after being in a place there were other people, and of course, don't have sex with someone
suspected of having a virus.
edit on -05:00America/Chicago31Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:28:07 -0500201407312 by Petros312 because: Spelling; added a link