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originally posted by: cronemel
Finally - buried in the back of the internet. They are now conceding that Ebola CAN pass from one to another without actual physical contact. So much for the "we are all safe as long as we don't touch them" attitude.
The virus can linger, airborne, and be inhaled at a distance of 3-4 feet. How many lines do you stand in daily where you are within 3-4 feet of someone else?
And what about the stale, old, never sees the light of day air that you breathe on an airplane? Hooked to a jetway, which is hooked to the terminal building which is climate controlled (Translation NO FRESH AIR), unhooks (brief moment of real air here), then seal up the tube, launch it off, land it, hook it to another jetway breathing the climate controlled air of its terminal - air travelers do not get to breathe unprocessed air from the time they enter one terminal to the time they exit their destination terminal. ALL those hours, breathing air that has been hanging out in those facilities since when?
I find it difficult to believe that a virus that can travel through the air 3-4 feet has the good manners to die once it gets into an HVAC system, like those on planes and climate controlled buildings. Viruses just don't seem to be altruistic that way.
In contrast, Thursday's review examines the idea that minuscule droplets of body fluid containing the virus could hang in the air and be inhaled by others, providing an unrecognized, if minor, pathway for the virus.
The review itself points out that "to date, investigators have not identified respiratory spread (either via large droplets or small-particle aerosols) of Ebola viruses among humans. This could be because such transmission does not occur or because such transmission has not been recognized, since the number of studies that have carefully examined transmission patterns is small."
The paper, titled 'Transmission of Ebola Viruses: What We Know and What We Do Not Know," takes pains to note that respiratory transmission of Ebola is unproven and that contact with infected body fluids is by far the most common way that the virus is passed from one person to another.
Ebola is spread through droplets
Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are
coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of
Droplets travel short distances, less than 3 feet (1 meter) from one person to another.
A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has
germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Droplet spread diseases include: plague, Ebola.
What’s the difference between infections
spread through the air or by droplets?
investigators have not identified respiratory spread (either via large droplets or small-particle aerosols) of Ebola viruses among humans.
originally posted by: cronemel
a reply to: Anyafaj
LOVE it! Perfectly expresses about 23 hours out of the day around here. I tend to refer to it as the brain slamming full stop into the front of the skull...WHA????? It's a mental concussion kind of thing
Asked why many more people who were near Ebola victims had not become infected, Osterholm said the Ebola virus may be much less contagious than other diseases spread by respiration, such as measles. He likened it to tuberculosis, which is more difficult to contract this way.
originally posted by: Myomistress
Oh, cool. That is why it was so similar then. Same basic disease one's just... A lot more sensationalized by Hollywood. At least I don't THINK there have been any cases of dead ebola patients having liquified organs.
originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
a reply to: cronemel
Isn't the Ebola scare near enough over?
I'm sure I read just couple days ago that those Western African Nations were nearly over it..