Don’t be fooled!!! Myths about Ebola Virus Disease

Myths and rumors about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa are hindering health workers from doing their jobs abroad and causing unnecessary panic and paranoia globally. Here’s the truth about some of the most common misconceptions about Ebola virus:

Myth: Ebola virus is airborne, waterborne or spreads through casual contact.

Truth: Ebola virus spreads when the bodily fluids of an infected person comes into contact with the mucous membranes of a non-infected person. That means Ebola virus in fluids like blood, sweat or urine has to come in contact with your eyes, mouth, nostrils, ears, genital area or an open wound in order to infect you.

In other words, it takes a lot of contact — not just casual contact — to become infected with the virus, which is why many of the victims of the disease in West Africa are health care workers or family members caring for a sick relative. In Western hospitals, transmission is easily prevented with precautionary measures like face masks, gloves, protective gowns and isolation units.

Health workers in West Africa are teaching community members about the importance of washing hands with soap and water, bringing sick family members to clinics and burying the bodies of people who have died from Ebola to minimize infection risk.

Myth: Ebola can be prevented by bathing or drinking a salt & water solution

Truth: I woke up this morning to several texts saying bathing with a warm salt & water solution will prevent one front contracting the deadly Ebola virus if they come in contact with an infected person. This is simply not true! The World Health Organization (WHO) wrote on twitter,

Bathing with salt and warm water, drinking water with salt does NOT cure #Ebola. Facts about what helps treat Ebola

— WHO (@WHO) August 8, 2014

Myth: Even if you beat Ebola, you can still pass on the virus to others.

Truth: Usually, only people who are exhibiting Ebola symptoms can pass the virus on to others. Aaron DeVries, the medical director of the infectious disease division at the Minnesota Department of Health, addressed this issue and others during an interview with local NBC affiliate Kare 11. DeVries confirmed that only people exhibiting Ebola symptoms, like fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, can pass the virus on to others. However, the World Health Organization notes that a man who has had Ebola can transmit the virus via his semen for up to 7 weeks after they’ve recovered from the disease.

Myth: This is the first major outbreak of Ebola.

Truth: This is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, but it isn’t the first. The virus was first diagnosed in humans in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It infected 318 people and had an 88 percent fatality rate. Since then, various strains of the disease have popped up around the African continent, infecting as many as 425 people in 2000 and, most recently, 57 people in 2012, according to WHO.

As of Aug. 4, 2014, the most recent count available, Ebola virus has infected 1,711 people and killed 932 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the virus emerged again this year.

Myth: Ebola can be treated with antibiotics (or onions, or condensed milk, or…)

Truth: Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections. Currently, there is neither a cure nor a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

Instead, there is an experimental serum called ZMapp, which contains antibodies designed to help block the virus. Before the 2014 Ebola outbreak, it had only ever been tested on monkeys and has not been approved for human use. American Ebola patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol decided to risk it and take the experimental drug, and early reports are cautiously optimistic about their improving conditions. However, it’s unclear what role (if any) the drug is playing in their recovery, reports the Washington Post.

Myth: Ebola liquifies your organs, which causes bleeding from the orifices.

Truth: While Ebola symptoms can include bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, those things only happen in about 20 percent of cases, explained Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., the associate hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center and director of Infection Control at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories in a previous HuffPost story.

The body’s organs are not liquified. However, when people die from Ebola, it’s usually because the virus causes multi-organ failure and shock. This occurs because Ebola virus weakens blood vessels, causing internal and sometimes external bleeding. The virus also prevents the body from clotting blood effectively, which would help to stop the bleeding.


You’re gonna make it

I saw this in a book “The 7 habits of highly effective teens” by sean covey and I’ll love to share with you.

It’s totally normal to feel depressed at times. But there is a big difference between a case of the blues and sustained depression. If life has become a real pain for a long period of time and you can’t seem to shake off that feeling of hopelessness, things are serious. Fortunately, depression is treatable. Don’t hesitate to get help, either from medication or from talking with someone who is trained to deal with these issues.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please listen closely to what I’m saying. Hold on for dear life. You’re gonna make it. Life will get better…I promise. You are worth millions and you are needed. Bad times will pass…they always do. Someday you will look back on your situation and be glad you held on

You’re gonna make it. Depression is a dream killer and suicide ends it all.
Are you having issues with school?
Are you having issues at home?
Have you gotten yourself into something serious?
Are you always condemned or rejected everywhere you go?
Is everything turning down on you?…and suicidal thoughts creeping in?

Please wait! And have a rethink. You’re gonna get through this. Its the truth. Do not allow this period(Night) prevent you from seeing the next(morning). No matter how long the night is, morning surely comes. Please hold on.

You are special. You have something unique to contribute and the world awaits it. We need you. I know it sounds cliché but this is a fact. I need you…I love you! Its very sad to hear stories of teens across the world take their lives for different reasons. Its starts with accumulated depression and frustration, then the silent thought creeps in and they eventually end their lives….I don’t want your story to end that way. I believe you’re gonna make it. Always remind yourself ” I’m gonna make it “.

Do you need to talk to someone? Send a mail to
Or bb pin: 26dd67fa

Have a colourful weekend!

GET IGNITED: ZOE TONGERMAN, 14 year old Tech geek

“Being a tech geek is cool, I should know, I am one.”

14-year-old Zea is building an app to encourage people to recycle more. She explains why being a geek is cool and how tech has changed her ideas about the future
Zea Tongeman wants to encourage girls to think differently about technology.
Before I did a workshop with Little Miss Geek at my school, St Saviours and St Olaves in Elephant and Castle, I didn’t really know anything about IT.

In the workshop, Little Miss Geek brought Francesca Rosella to speak to us and show us some of her work. She is a successful fashion designer who uses technology to create unique and exciting clothes. We had a go using coding to create cool patterns on sunglasses and also put circuits onto t-shirts.

This was really what got me excited about technology because it showed me that you don’t have to be sitting at a computer screen all day typing really fast, you can be creative with it and do anything you want.

Soon after this workshop I was completely inspired and my IT teacher Mr Talbert introduced us to a competition called Apps For Good.I was ready and raring to go and me and my friend Jordan Stirbu designed an app called Jazzy Recycling.

The aim was to create an app that solved a problem and straight away we thought of recycling and how to make it fun and rewarding. As Mary Poppins says: “You find the fun and it becomes a game,” and that is exactly what our app does.

Jazzy Recycling helps you find places to recycle, what you can recycle and then lets you scan, share and get rewards for what you’ve recycled. We believe a social incentive using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can really help young people like me recycle more.

After the competition Raj Dhonota, who was on the Apprentice and is now a business consultant and an angel investor, approached us to help build the app and mentor us through our journey. We are very excited about what is to come and hope to launch it in 2014. To have people actually using our app and to know we have made a difference would be incredible, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

I used to think technology was just fixing computers and saying thing like: “have you tried turning it on and off again?” like in The I.T Crowd. But I have discovered another side to it and that you can make tech your own.

Technology is in everything now, you can do whatever you like with it. I am typing this on a computer and will send it via the internet.

So to all the girls who think tech is for boys in their bedrooms who can’t get girlfriends, we are the new generation and we can use technology as a tool to do all sorts of different things. So thank you Little Miss Geek, I’ve realised being a geek is cool!

Source: The guardian

Get Ignited!

Send your questions and contributions to: